Cost-Effective, Sustainable Rapid Response Capability
BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics have announced plans to explore development of an all-electric ‘heavy lift’ UAS as a potential new solution to deliver cost-effective, sustainable rapid response capability to military, security and civilian customers. The companies are exploring opportunities to collaborate on capability, design, manufacture and marketing of the concept vehicle.
The all-electric powered concept vehicle will be designed with a top speed of 140km/h and the ability to carry a 300kg payload with a range of 30 kilometres. The solution could used for a range of applications, such as ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore movements. Emitting zero carbon, the UAS could help revolutionise military operations in which there is a requirement to carry heavy loads, while reducing the environmental impact of the armed forces.
Dave Holmes, Advanced Projects, Technology & Manufacturing Director for BAE Systems’ Air Sector, commented “It’s fantastic to be working with Malloy Aeronautics on this ground-breaking technology. Bringing together Malloy’s proven track record of innovative technology in this field, with our understanding of the military operating environment and extensive engineering and systems integration experience, will enable us to develop a sustainable and cost-effective solution for both military and commercial customers.”
Oriol Badia, CEO at Malloy Aeronautics, added “Beyond the military capabilities, there is also clear potential in the commercial, security and humanitarian arenas. Our goal is to work together with BAE Systems to ensure that our capabilities are not just the first and best for defence, but that they become the future workhorse to keep all our personnel safe.”