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UK Royal Navy Conducts Trials For Heavy-Lift Drones Supplying Aircraft Carriers

Jun, 2022

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The royal navy tested two different drones for their capacities to be used on front-line operations and resupplying aircraft carriers

Robotic aircrafts are being tested in various industries for different purposes. These robotic aircrafts are also being tested for aerial combat. Now, 700X Naval Air Squadron of the UK’s Royal Navy completed thorough testing of heavy lift drones in Cronwall, UK, at RNAS Culdrose. The testing was conducted to determine capabilities, fitness for resupplying aircraft carriers and other front-line operations for the navy.

The 700X Naval Air Squadron is leading development of cutting edge crewless aircraft for the Navy and it entered into partnership with private firms to conduct series of tests. This partnership completed the first tranche in 2021, which was found to be successful, thus, the team scheduled a second trail with more intensity, which was termed the Heavy Life Challenge and was scheduled for 2022. For this new trial, the Squadron awarded development contract of £300,000 (US$360,000) to aerospace firms Windracers and Malloy. Then, the T-600 quadcopter having 551 lb (250kg) payload capacity over longer distances, and Ultra Fixed-wing drone of Windracers Autonomous System with 220ln (100kg) payload capacity was put out for test.

The Royal Navy tested the capacity of these aircrafts to carry supplies that included first aid, humanitarian stores as well as spare parts for the frontline use in disaster relief operations. The aircrafts were also tested for providing supplies for vessels such as aircraft carriers. In these tests, a replication platform of a Queen-Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier flight deck was also built, where a Windracers Ultra carried a payload of 100 kg from 621 miles, which is 1000 km away and dropped its payload safe and efficiently with high accuracy. The Royal Navy is expecting to raise the payloads in various conditions with the use of a different drones.

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