Bell demonstrates area provide drops with autonomous APT drone


Bell has demonstrated how its electric-powered, Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) quadcopter drone can perform provide drops for troopers in tough nation or on the battlefield, with out the necessity for parachutes or comparable units.

Any efficient army is one the place the fight forces are the sharp finish of a really lengthy logistical spear. The issue is, getting from the tip of the availability line to the troopers within the area throughout the final mile is usually extraordinarily troublesome.

One instance of that is air dropping provides to squads and ahead bases, and the historical past of contemporary warfare consists of irritating episodes the place troops have meals, drugs, and ammunition dropping from planes on parachutes solely to observe in frustration as the valuable parcels drift out of attain and even into hostile arms.

Rendering displaying the APT supporting army operations

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Designed to hold a payload of as much as 100 lbs (45 kg), the APT can fly for as much as 35 miles (56 km) at a most pace of 100 mph (160 km/h). The drone is designed to hold out quite a few completely different duties, like delivering medical provides, however Bell additionally sees it as being appropriate for battlefield airdrops shortly, exactly, and effectively.

Key to this isn’t solely the power of the APT to hold two normal tactical packs, which may every be loaded with ammo cans, water, medical provides, or gasoline, it may possibly additionally fly at pace to its vacation spot and drop the provides with out touchdown or hovering for any size of time. The outcome isn’t solely conserving battery energy, but additionally rising the drone’s survivability by not presenting a goal sitting within the air.

Bell says the APT has already flown 420 occasions at US Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, in Georgia, and different websites. The following step in this system can be to reveal how the plane can drop provides on demand at its cruising pace of 80 mph (129 km/h).

“This pace bag resupply characteristic is a recreation changer for the warfighter,” says Mike Goodwin, gross sales and technique supervisor. “With the power to drop provides shortly and effectively in a drop zone or a distant location, we are able to get essential provides delivered as quickly as they’re wanted.”

The video under reveals the APT in motion.

Bell APT

Supply: Bell



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