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US Army to adopt drones to deliver ammunition to the battlefield

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US Army to adopt drones to deliver ammunition to the battlefield

The US Army plans to adopt unmanned aerial vehicles designed to deliver ammunition and provisions to units on the battlefield. According to Defense News, the troops should receive new drones by 2026.


The US Army has announced a tender for the supply of special transport drones to the troops to deliver ammunition to the battlefield. Companies wishing to take part in the army tender must submit their proposals by February 12, 2021 inclusive.

The devices submitted for the competition must meet several requirements: the mass of the drone must not exceed 590 kg with the ability to transport cargo weighing up to 363 kg at a distance of up to 177 km. The design of the drone should allow it to be ready for 15 minutes after transportation.

In addition, drones must be able to make automatic takeoff and landing, as well as navigate a route autonomously in GPS jamming mode. Another requirement is the modular design and open architecture of the drone.

In 2017, the US Army's Pikatinskiy Arsenal, engaged in repair and improvement weapons, patented a method for delivering ammunition using special mortar mines fired by a conventional mortar.

The new mine is a special cargo container to which a compartment with a launch charge, a stabilizer, a small paraglider and a navigation system is attached.

After launching from a mortar, the container at the highest point of its trajectory will release a paraglider and use it to plan to a predetermined target. Targeting will be done by GPS. Nothing is said about the delivery distance, it is assumed that it will be about 7-8 km.
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  1. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 18 January 2021 16: 44
    +1
    the mass of the drone should not exceed 590 kg with the ability to transport cargo weighing up to 363 kg at a distance of up to 177 km

    With such parameters, it will be able to be equipped with reconnaissance and strike weapons, quickly evacuate the wounded, and deliver any cargo.
    In December, the Turks tested a UAV with the same Alpin concept

    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 18 January 2021 17: 04
      +1
      Fire cat - you need to make a line of drones, highly specialized, alone only for evacuating the wounded from the battlefield to the rear, partially booking from the inside, to protect the wounded at least from small arms, deliver other purely transport products there, water or the same medications, others for the delivery of ammunition. And so, one does everything, this is the wrong approach.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 18 January 2021 17: 32
        -1
        Quote: Thrifty
        you need to make a line of drones, highly specialized, one only for evacuation

        In no case. We need different modules. Reconnaissance module, with weapons, transport, "armored" for transporting the wounded.
        It is simply not possible to operate, deploy, repair several types of drones. Moreover, tasks similar to point A to point B transfer 300+ kg.
        1. Thrifty
          Thrifty 18 January 2021 17: 45
          0
          The fiery cat is also an option, but not to blame everything on one car, but to change a purely specialized module, the same medical one, or a container for food, depending on the need!
        2. Crash
          Crash 18 January 2021 19: 04
          0
          "Armored" for transporting the wounded

          As for me, you need to be a very stubborn fan of drones so that wounded soldiers in the immediate vicinity of the battlefield (!) Trust the UAV. Wheeled drone, tracked - still all right. But it is absolutely stupid to think that the enemy has neither electronic warfare nor a completely seedy MANPADS. Here the turntable is still more reliable
          1. Crash
            Crash 18 January 2021 19: 18
            0
            I don't understand the essence of the cons. request Unmanned and robotic platforms and are created in order not to compromise life and health of living people... Do you suggest that the wounded soldier, in the event of a system glitch, hit the ground in this very "armored vehicle"? And by the nature of my activity, I deal with glitches of computers and robots every day. And don't tell me that your computer or smartphone has never hung ...
            1. Runway
              Runway 19 January 2021 00: 32
              +2
              You are "planted", your fighter is "leaving", the rest of this picture does not add spirituality. Do not take the board / armor, do not pull out on foot (4 more people in the negative in the future).
              If the fighter cools down, and everyone knew that there was a chance to pull him out to the drone, then I xs, how will the l / s follow you next time.
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 18 January 2021 16: 45
    -3
    How long will those 363 kilograms of ammunition be enough, even in a local battle? Tons need to be transported, but of course, fast loading, on special pallets, and the same fast unloading. Only if such a drone explodes in the air over its positions, this "shrapnel" will surely send many who find themselves in the sector of defeat to another world. ..
    1. Asad
      Asad 18 January 2021 16: 58
      0
      What suggestions do you have?
      1. Thrifty
        Thrifty 18 January 2021 17: 46
        0
        ASAD - read my comments on the branch above, I wrote everything there! !!
    2. Dodikson
      Dodikson 18 January 2021 17: 28
      0
      this is a couple of zinc with cartridges, a dozen ATGMs and a couple of dozen shots for RPGs, and this is a good supply even for a company, and for a platoon it is quite a good supply
      1. K-612-O
        K-612-O 18 January 2021 18: 07
        +1
        For a platoon, this is 30 minutes maximum of an intense battle, such bezepetushnikov for a platoon of pieces 5-7 must be released immediately.
        The next question is, what if REP suppresses it? A spinner or a small transport vehicle is more reliable. Such toys will work in wars with barmaley, well, maybe even with Latinos and Africans. Bliss is everything
        1. Dodikson
          Dodikson 18 January 2021 20: 14
          -1
          you can shoot all this in 5 minutes. another thing is that the enemy will not throw bullets and after these 30 minutes it will take another hour to get ready for a new attack. and a lot can change during this time, from the delivery of new ammunition to the arrival of help.
        2. Runway
          Runway 18 January 2021 23: 47
          +1
          Payload = weight 1 bq for platoon small arms without shipping container. This is a day of fire fighting.
          Suitable for detached units.
          It happens that the side cannot be accepted without losing the side, and the ground version of the BMT is not possible (the relief or it is so squeezed that it does not squeak).
          In principle, it is also convenient for units in battle formations - there is no need to drive people to the PPP (roughly a third of l / s) - I took to the position and swallow the dust further.
  3. 7,62x54
    7,62x54 18 January 2021 16: 53
    +1
    It remains to establish the interception of these carriers and a forced landing at a given point.
  4. APASUS
    APASUS 18 January 2021 17: 02
    +2
    I understand the detachment got lost in the mountains, went out to search, in reconnaissance and needed provisions, but the delivery of ammunition to the battlefield by air?
    So this is immediately goal number one .................. with all that it implies
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 18 January 2021 17: 28
      +1
      Well, how many of them will fly at the same time in a more or less massive battle of regular troops?
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 18 January 2021 17: 34
        +3
        Have other supply options been canceled? This is just another alternative supply.
    2. Dodikson
      Dodikson 18 January 2021 20: 16
      +2
      this is not a replacement for the usual delivery of ammunition, it is just an additional method when delivery in the usual way is fraught with losses (the road is shot or mined, or it is necessary to deliver the troops in the environment (the UAV has much more chances to break through than the car)
  5. voronin
    voronin 18 January 2021 17: 37
    +15
    The American army plans to adopt unmanned aerial vehicles designed to deliver ammunition and provisions to units on the battlefield

    I remember that they were already dropping ammunition "accidentally" by bearded "peaceful" rebels.
  6. Humpty
    Humpty 18 January 2021 17: 40
    +2
    Delivery of goods is the most promising direction for UAVs. The manned aircraft will begin to pressurize in the near future (IMHO).


    Quote: APASUS
    I understand the squad got lost in the mountains

    As a variant of the outbreak of "collective talent", so that it will catch on for a long time, a case is, say, unlikely. And on the terrain, it is fatal to tupan, it is very often, but the UAV is unlikely to help with anything.
    Surprised, one friend raised a cheap rattler with Ali to 7600. He did not need it higher.
    1. K-612-O
      K-612-O 18 January 2021 18: 10
      +2
      From 7k meters even the vogs will detonate themselves
  7. Petr Vladimirovich
    Petr Vladimirovich 18 January 2021 17: 42
    0
    Perhaps there are fellow model aircraft. Large vert FPV, internal combustion engine. It's clear. But how will he reach the point and then return without GPS or an analog?
  8. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 18 January 2021 17: 44
    +3
    The American army plans to adopt unmanned aerial vehicles designed to deliver ammunition and provisions to units on the battlefield


    And then they will learn to deliver drugs to the battlefield. The fuse in the ass and the mortar laughing
    From the cannon to the moon, heh)))
  9. Dimide
    Dimide 18 January 2021 17: 46
    +2
    I read about drones and "see" how the concept of warfare and logistics are changing.
    "Robots work, not humans"
    1. Asad
      Asad 18 January 2021 17: 54
      +1
      Better yet, robots are dying, not humans!
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 18 January 2021 18: 01
      +2
      Yes. In addition, this helicopter will be able to deliver a couple of such devices or one larger.
      1. K-612-O
        K-612-O 18 January 2021 18: 15
        +1
        Only in battles with barmaley and Papuans. And those then learn to fight. Against a serious enemy, with a developed system of electronic warfare and electronic warfare, this is ridiculous. For the same company, aviation and artillery will first fly, then more turntables will work.
        1. Dodikson
          Dodikson 18 January 2021 20: 17
          +2
          and then the enemy's artillery will work out against this artillery, and the aviation will come under air defense fire.
          the medal has 2 sides, like the stick has 2 ends.
  10. rocket757
    rocket757 18 January 2021 18: 50
    +3
    That is to provide troops, in battle, with everything they need, this is not a whim.
  11. IRS
    IRS 18 January 2021 23: 28
    0
    Drones like this are a great idea. It is simple and effective, and ammunition transport is far from its only application.
    The main thing is the essence. Mobility and flexibility of MTOs on the modern battlefield is incredibly important. ... Either you shoot - or you are killed, or you have a first aid kit - or you will not survive. All this will happen very quickly if they start fighting in real life, with the use of all types of troops.
  12. sen
    sen 19 January 2021 06: 50
    +1
    The US Army plans to adopt unmanned aerial vehicles designed to deliver ammunition and provisions to units on the battlefield.

    There are alternatives in the US. This is an unmanned one-time glider developed by Logistic Gliders Inc
    https://topwar.ru/167608-fanernaja-logistika-odnorazovye-transportnye-bpla-ot-logistic-gliders.html
    And transport ground robots. There are manufactured samples on wheeled (SMSS, Rex, Probot), caterpillar (Camel, Protector) and even walking (LS3, Big Dog).
    http://venture-biz.ru/tekhnologii-innovatsii/186-boevye-roboty
    http://torwar.ru/66993-nazemnye-roboty-ot-zabrasyvaemyh-system-do-bezlyudnyh-transportnyh-kolonn-chast-4.html
  13. tank66
    tank66 19 January 2021 07: 50
    +2
    This is the right gravitational. Alpha-alpha, we have a problem: out of suction and paper ... Hold on, guys, retreat to the 176 km point ... Roger. laughing
  14. sen
    sen 19 January 2021 09: 50
    +3
    Another photo of a transport drone
  15. Sasha from Uralmash
    Sasha from Uralmash 20 January 2021 14: 13
    0
    A very vulnerable thing!