The US Navy is testing the possibility of delivering cargo to ships moving at sea using UAVs

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The US Navy is testing the possibility of delivering cargo to ships moving at sea using UAVs

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used to deliver cargo to warships in motion. This was once again confirmed by the demonstration of the capabilities of the sea aviation US Navy.

Several unmanned aerial vehicles delivered cargo weighing 22,68 kg to the Navy ships. Unmanned aerial vehicles of Skyways Air Transportation, Inc. and Martin UAV have flown between ships and between ships and shore over a distance of more than 370 kilometers.



For the successful delivery of cargo to ships, it is necessary that the UAVs be able to perform vertical takeoff and landing, which will allow them to land and take off from any deck of the ship. Also, launching them should not be too technically difficult.

Logistics issues are becoming increasingly important in the face of growing competition between powers in the oceans. Since American warships operate today in almost all areas of the oceans, the use of unmanned aircraft is extremely important for the US Navy.

But now the bulk of the logistical tasks are still assigned to helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft of the US Navy. However, their flights are much more technically complex and expensive than using drones.

Colonel Victor Argobright, head of the small tactical unmanned aircraft systems program, notes that the US military is enthusiastic about the future of unmanned aircraft. Now command fleet determines in which directions unmanned aircraft will have the greatest demand.

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  1. 0
    December 28 2022
    It is quite an obvious innovation of half a UAV for reconnaissance and strikers, especially since technically everything is there for implementation
  2. +2
    December 28 2022
    These are fantasies from the series - "let's fasten a propeller to this crap and draw a blue stripe." How much cargo can a drone carry? From several kilograms to conditionally tons. What can not be immediately loaded onto a ship with a load capacity reserve of tens and hundreds of tons, which will certainly require the use of a drone? Not a boat, not a helicopter, but a drone? I can't imagine such a critical cargo, given that the drone does not guarantee delivery. So far, there is only enough imagination for the fact that the captain has run out of condoms ... However, no matter what they amuse themselves with ...
    1. +1
      December 28 2022
      The ship left, they forgot the captain in the port ... and drag him
    2. 0
      December 28 2022
      Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
      What can not be immediately loaded onto a ship with a load capacity reserve of tens and hundreds of tons, which will certainly require the use of a drone? Not a boat, not a helicopter, but a drone?

      Perishable food, spare parts or tools on request, mail. Exactly what can be loaded onto a helicopter or boat, but delivered cheaper and / or faster by mail drone.
    3. +1
      December 29 2022
      I can't imagine such a critical cargo, given that the drone does not guarantee delivery.

      Computing modules, control modules and other critical electronics.
    4. 0
      December 30 2022
      Vizhd_barmaleev It's hard to think of. Medications, backup electronics? But the master / doctor is better with him, so again we come to the turntable.
  3. +2
    December 28 2022
    delivered cargo weighing 22,68 kg to the ships of the Navy
    And what can be delivered with such a UAV load? Cigarettes for the crew, new binoculars for the commander, drinks...? Although the idea is good - in order not to drive the ship, you can deliver something really urgently needed using a UAV.
    1. +1
      December 28 2022
      Suddenly burnt electronics unit.
      1. +1
        December 28 2022
        Quote: Not the fighter
        Suddenly burnt electronics unit.

        Are you seriously ? There is a serious repair base on board the ship, why do they even go to the port, everything can be done at sea
  4. 0
    December 28 2022
    The idea is interesting, but the main thing is the UAV itself, its capabilities. When there is a good UAV, then it will be possible to come up with a lot.
  5. +1
    December 28 2022
    ships moving at sea with the help of UAVs

    Have you tried dropping cargo?
    1. +1
      December 28 2022
      Possibly wind, charging, picking up a load, etc.
  6. +1
    December 28 2022
    Hmm ...
    "Nova Poshta" can't do that either. )) (not advertising)

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