UK’s BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics have announced plans to jointly develop an all-electric ‘heavy lift’ drone capable of carrying a class-leading 300 kg payload with a range of 30 kilometers.
Designed to offer a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour, BAE says that the all-electric powered concept vehicle could deliver cost-effective and sustainable rapid response capability not just to the military, but also to security and civilian customers.
According to BAE press release, the cutting-edge technology could find its way into applications as diverse as performing ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore movements, to supporting military and security operations, and logistics.
From a greener point of view, the new system which emits zero carbon could help revolutionize military operations where there is a requirement to carry heavy loads.
It could help keep military personnel out of harm’s way in dangerous situations or disaster zones, and also reduce the environmental impact of UK’s military forces.
“It’s fantastic to be working with Malloy Aeronautics on this ground-breaking technology,” says BAE Systems’ Advanced Projects, Technology and Manufacturing Director, Dave Holmes.
“Bringing together Malloy’s proven track record of innovative technology in this field, with our understanding of the military operating environment and extensive engineering and systems integration experience, will enable us to develop a sustainable and cost-effective solution for both military and commercial customers.”
“Beyond the military capabilities, there is also clear potential in the commercial, security and humanitarian arenas,” adds Malloy Aeronautics CEO, Oriol Badia.
“Our goal is to work together with BAE Systems to ensure that our capabilities are not just the first and best for defense, but that they become the future workhorse to keep all our personnel safe.”
According to BAE, the all-electric concept vehicle directly supports its strategy to accelerate technology development through increased investment in R&D, as well as working with industry partners, SMEs and academia.
The BAE-Malloy tie-up will see both companies exploring opportunities to collaborate on capability, design, manufacture and marketing of the concept vehicle.
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