As part of the study, American military specialists intend to place in the transport compartment drone DP-14 several types of sensors that will measure the intensity and frequency of vibration, noise level, temperature, atmospheric pressure, acceleration and maneuvering parameters of the aircraft. The same sensors will be installed on the UH-60M Black Hawk manned multi-purpose helicopter (such machines are used by the US Army for medical evacuation).
After taking all the measurements, the researchers will compare the data from the sensors installed on the helicopter with the data obtained from the sensors on the drone. Based on this, conclusions will be drawn about the suitability of the drone for transporting the wounded. In the event that the conditions in the DP-14 transport compartment are deemed unacceptable for transporting wounded soldiers, the developer may be given a task to modify the unmanned vehicle. Exactly when it is planned to start testing is not specified.
The DP-14 unmanned helicopter is built in a longitudinal pattern with two rotors. In the same way, for example, the American heavy transport helicopter CH-47 Chinook was designed. The mass of DP-14 is 408 kilograms. The device, equipped with a turboshaft engine, can carry loads weighing up to 195 kilograms. The duration of its flight is 2,4 hours. The volume of the transport compartment of the DP-14 is 0,7 cubic meters; It can fit one person.
Dragonfly Pictures DP-14 is capable of speeds up to 105 nodes (about 195 kilometers per hour and fly at altitudes up to 4,6 thousands of meters. The device is expected to be able to fly fully offline.