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US Navy testing aircraft carrier resupply with Blue Water drone

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In the United States, they are testing new capabilities for aircraft carrier strike groups (AUG). The Pentagon is primarily interested in the possibility of updating the logistics of servicing aircraft carriers, including the issue of restocking the AUG.


The American press reported that the other day (February 21) a demonstration was held in the US Navy, during which a drone with vertical take-off and landing capabilities delivered some equipment to the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford. We are talking about the unmanned system BWML (Blue Water Maritime Logistics).

From the material:

This unmanned system delivered what the Navy describes as "light logistics equipment."

What exactly was delivered on board the American aircraft carrier, as well as the weight of the cargo, is not reported.

The drone flew from Patuxent River Base in Maryland to Norfolk Base in Virginia, where the aircraft carrier is currently located. The covered distance was about 200 km.

U.S. Rear Admiral John Meyer, Commander aviation component of the Atlantic segment of the US Navy:

This demonstration of UAV capabilities showcases cutting edge technologies to improve our logistics efficiency. We have come a long way in integrating drones into naval aviation, taking into account all the lessons that can accelerate the development of such potential.

UAV Blue Water - one of the versions of the hybrid design, created by the Texas company Skyways. The drone is said to be capable of being controlled by artificial intelligence, has a maximum flight range of 800 km, and is capable of carrying a payload of up to 14 kg. He is able to fly autonomously between given coordinates. At the same time, it is capable of delivering cargo both by landing on the deck of the ship and by simple dropping.

In the future, it is planned to use dozens of such unmanned systems simultaneously for a thorough replenishment of AUG stocks.

UAV video from 2019:

Photos used:
Facebook / USS Gerald R. Ford
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  1. Aerodrome
    Aerodrome 24 February 2021 08: 20
    -4
    with a Blue Water drone
    without gomosyatiny not tolerant ... although I think there was an option "black water" ...?
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 24 February 2021 08: 41
      +4
      Quote: Aerodrome
      not tolerant without gomosyatiny

      It's sad that they gave the homosexuals a wonderful blue color without a fight.
      They are not worthy of him. We must return it to normal people.
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 24 February 2021 08: 51
        +5
        Quote: Flood
        It's sad that they gave the homosexuals a wonderful blue color without a fight.
        They are not worthy of him. We must return it to normal people.

        "Battle for colors", in that case, promises to be grandiose. the whole spectrum usurped ...

        1. Flooding
          Flooding 24 February 2021 08: 57
          -1
          Quote: Insurgent
          After all, they usurped the entire spectrum ...

          This is true. But here they voluntarily gave it up.
        2. Intruder
          Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 22
          0
          After all, they usurped the entire spectrum ...

          maybe just have already started - "treating" these usurpers of the multicolored rainbow, otherwise some problems from this rainbow minority, which is interesting for the majority, also endures ... them !!!
      2. Souchastnik
        Souchastnik 24 February 2021 09: 41
        +3
        We must return it to normal people.

        Guys in blue berets won't just give up. Tolerasts will regret it. smile
        1. Intruder
          Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 23
          0
          Guys in blue berets won't just give up
          guys in black but support ... wink
    2. Insurgent
      Insurgent 24 February 2021 08: 44
      +6
      Quote: Aerodrome
      without gomosyatiny not tolerant ... although I think there was an option "black water" ...?

      Moreover, "in the blessed 90s wassat "advertising" blues "got to the liver ...
    3. Sidor Amenpodestovich
      Sidor Amenpodestovich 24 February 2021 10: 26
      +1
      Quote: Aerodrome
      without gomosyatiny not tolerant ... although I think there was an option "black water".

      Blue water - blue water.
  2. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 24 February 2021 08: 21
    +1
    capable of carrying a payload of up to 14 kg
    Let's go pigeon mail right away!
    1. marchcat
      marchcat 24 February 2021 08: 25
      +1
      ! 4 kg. cargo - these are letters to the personnel or ...?
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra 24 February 2021 08: 29
        +1
        In the future, it is planned to use dozens of such unmanned systems simultaneously for a thorough replenishment of AUG stocks.

        There will be a picture of "aircraft carrier flies stayed up"
      2. Flooding
        Flooding 24 February 2021 08: 38
        +3
        Quote: marchcat
        ! 4 kg. cargo - these are letters to the personnel or ...?

        As an option, the delivery of medicines in the conditions of crew quarantine.
      3. NDR-791
        NDR-791 24 February 2021 08: 43
        +1
        ! 4 kg. cargo - these are letters to the personnel or ...?
        Fresh beer to the captain
      4. lucul
        lucul 24 February 2021 09: 36
        -3
        ! 4 kg. cargo - these are letters to the personnel or ...?

        Pampers are, where are they without them)))
      5. Ros 56
        Ros 56 24 February 2021 09: 40
        -1
        What letters, condoms have forgotten. fellow laughing
      6. Reserve buildbat
        Reserve buildbat 24 February 2021 17: 01
        0
        This is a box of beer to the captain laughing
    2. Intruder
      Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 25
      0
      pigeon mail!
      The dove is still a symbol of Peace, so everyone was measured against everyone ... Better now, an eagle, for this title: "if you want peace - get ready for war ..."!
  3. Cowbra
    Cowbra 24 February 2021 08: 26
    0
    And then they will again say that their Russian hackers hacked, and therefore they devour their bluewater on the aircraft carrier
    1. vadim dok
      vadim dok 24 February 2021 15: 30
      0
      While the Russian cosmonauts were eating (I don’t want to eat boorish) American food!
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra 24 February 2021 16: 19
        0
        Well, they put them on the counter after the Americans did not at all boorishly drill the toilet
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 24 February 2021 08: 28
    +3
    Why not .... the question is not only the economic component, sometimes it is simply NECESSARY and that's it.
    1. Kart
      Kart 24 February 2021 08: 49
      0
      Well, the case when you need a dose, but not more than 14 kg, is not too frequent.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 24 February 2021 08: 53
        -1
        Quote: Carte
        Well, the case when you need a dose, but not more than 14 kg, is not too frequent.

        In the case of such a colossus as the supply of the ship, the truth is somehow not impressive ...
        Well, maybe their admirals will send each other something very important ...
        1. Pereira
          Pereira 24 February 2021 09: 07
          0
          Especially when the aircraft carrier is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 24 February 2021 09: 48
            0
            From side to side ... they don't wander there one by one.
            1. Pereira
              Pereira 24 February 2021 10: 56
              0
              Theoretically, from the point of view of technical development, and not bad. 21st century after all.
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 24 February 2021 11: 12
                0
                This system may be useful in other places as well ...
      2. orionvitt
        orionvitt 24 February 2021 12: 29
        +2
        In the article (and maybe in the American Navy), the concept of "replenishment" was really confused. On the aircraft carrier, which is essentially a small city, where "reserves" are consumed in hundreds of tons per day, they rejoice at a drone successfully arriving with a couple of kg of something. What is not specified.
  5. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 24 February 2021 08: 31
    0
    The restocking was funny.
    And as a replacement for pigeon mail, it is quite an interesting toy. So that not every time couriers drive.
    Well, to work out the design for a promising full-size apparatus.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 24 February 2021 08: 46
      +2
      Test flights do not need to be done with a heavy load. After working out the technology, you can create full-fledged trucks. The same unmanned Osprey.
      1. lucul
        lucul 24 February 2021 09: 41
        -3
        Test flights do not need to be done with a heavy load. After working out the technology, you can create full-fledged trucks

        What to work out there? Buran himself flew and landed 30 years ago, almost on relyukhs.
        And here, already with computers, they cannot work.
      2. Souchastnik
        Souchastnik 24 February 2021 09: 47
        0
        The same unmanned Osprey.

        To do this, it is enough to put remote and automatic control equipment on Osprey instead of the crew seats.
      3. Intruder
        Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 26
        0
        After working out the technology, you can create full-fledged trucks. The same unmanned Osprey.
        for sure, now it will fly on Mars, to develop technologies ... already Martian, apparently ... wink
  6. evgen1221
    evgen1221 24 February 2021 08: 52
    +1
    AI plus an optional autopilot will be brought to mind to any aircraft and Orions and so on will fly themselves. Automatic warehouse, automatic truck, automatic delivery, automatic protection. The perspectives take their breath away. With automatic production and mining, plus supplies from the Papuans all over the world, they can put their population into the service sector and allowances.
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 24 February 2021 09: 06
      0
      It will not work. Negroes won't want to share.
  7. Konnick
    Konnick 24 February 2021 09: 05
    -1
    Americans like to call our weapons with all sorts of words like Satan, but here we don't need to invent, just "Vomit" laughing
  8. Pereira
    Pereira 24 February 2021 09: 05
    0
    Pizza delivery? Or? How much does a uranium rod for a reactor weigh?
  9. Zhenya Khazarsky
    Zhenya Khazarsky 24 February 2021 09: 23
    +1
    Load weighing 14 kg. will be sufficient for an aircraft carrier only in one case - if it is 14 kilos of coke ...
    Everything else is not serious!
    1. lucul
      lucul 24 February 2021 09: 43
      -2
      Everything else is not serious!

      Diapers, no? )))
      1. Zhenya Khazarsky
        Zhenya Khazarsky 24 February 2021 09: 45
        0
        Well, if only the captain. And for 5000 people it will not be enough))))
      2. Intruder
        Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 28
        0
        Pampers, no?
        14 kg., Vaseline and other ointments .., for cavity hygiene .. and other needs ...!? laughing
  10. APASUS
    APASUS 24 February 2021 15: 11
    +1
    In the United States, they are testing new capabilities for aircraft carrier strike groups (AUG). The Pentagon is primarily interested in the possibility of updating the logistics of servicing aircraft carriers, including the issue of restocking the AUG.

    That they can supply UAVs to AUG with a payload of up to 14 kg?
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 29
      0
      That they can supply UAVs to AUG with a payload of up to 14 kg?
      above, the comrades have already laid out this load on the shelves ... fellow
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 24 February 2021 15: 46
        0
        Quote: Intruder
        above, the comrades have already laid out this load on the shelves ...

        In fact, there was only one comrade who spoke out there, this is the development of technology for larger UAVs. Everything else is not even funny, except for coke. Even the idea of ​​supplying drugs during quarantine looks ridiculous, the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford has a crew of 2500 to 3000 people
        1. Intruder
          Intruder 24 February 2021 15: 56
          0
          Everything else is not even funny, except for coke. Even the idea of ​​supplying drugs during quarantine looks funny.
          well, drugs are different and their required amount is also required, and if urgent operations on board, all kinds of drugs are needed, then 1 kg. you can manage ... completely, or documents and "other things" that have a small mass, it makes sense to drive a turntable or a boat between the sides, and even more so the coast and the ship !?
          1. APASUS
            APASUS 24 February 2021 16: 02
            0
            Quote: Intruder
            well, medicines are different and their required amount is also required, and if urgent operations on board,

            On the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, such a normal medical unit and the supply of drugs there are measured in tons.
            Quote: Intruder
            , all sorts of drugs are needed

            So here I wrote that the nonsense to drag the team
            Quote: Intruder
            you can manage ... completely, or documents and "other things" that have a small mass,

            What are these documents that cannot be transmitted through communication?
            Quote: Intruder
            the meaning of a turntable or a boat to drive between the sides, and even more so the coast and the ship !?

            It makes no sense, this is correct. There is really not enough sanitary UAV for delivering the wounded and sick to the ground.
            1. Intruder
              Intruder 24 February 2021 16: 46
              +1
              What are these documents that cannot be transmitted through communication?
              secret vestimo wink , on a UAV, or with a messenger on a turntable ...
              On the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, such a normal medical unit and the supply of drugs there are measured in tons
              the expiration date has gone out for a group of funds, it doesn't happen ... winked urgent delivery of a drug not included in the stock, or something else happened with a stock, as if this could not be in reality ...
              So here I wrote that the nonsense to drag the team
              are fixated on dope! ??? bully
              1. APASUS
                APASUS 25 February 2021 14: 05
                +1
                Quote: Intruder
                secretly, on a UAV, or with a messenger on a turntable ...

                Have you read anything about encryption? For a long time, since the Second World War, orders have not been sent by courier
                Quote: Intruder
                the expiration date has passed from a group of funds, it does not happen ...!? urgent delivery of a drug not included in the stock, or something else happened to the stock, as if this could not be in reality.

                The aircraft carrier does not leave the sea for more than 6-7 months. Modern medicines have a shelf life of a couple of years.
                Quote: Intruder
                are fixated on dope! ???

                This is the only thing that can be carried in small quantities and that's enough for everyone
                1. Intruder
                  Intruder 25 February 2021 16: 25
                  0
                  Have you read anything about encryption? For a long time, since the Second World War, orders have not been sent by courier
                  I have not only read about encryption, but also studied it, I use it every day in everyday life ... so, honestly by (no offense ... I hope)!
                  The aircraft carrier does not leave the sea for more than 6-7 months. Modern medicines have a shelf life of a couple of years.
                  That's how it is, of course, and so, but everything that we write here and elsewhere is just arbitrary assumptions ... and the lack of real information, which is still closed and guarded to us ...!