TRV-150C: US Marines to get mega battleground delivery drones for resupply

TRV-150C drones can fly at a speed of around 67 miles per hour while carrying roughly 150 pounds of cargo.
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Malloy Aeronautics' resupply drone.
Malloy Aeronautics' resupply drone.

Malloy Aeronautics 

The US Department of Defense has funded more than $8 million for 21 new delivery drones developed by Survice Engineering in collaboration with Malloy Aeronautics. 

TRV-150C drones are Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TRUAS) intended to fly at a speed of around 67 miles per hour while carrying roughly 150 pounds of cargo, according to a US Department of Defense press release in April.

The TRV-150C is "designed to provide rapid and assured, highly automated aerial distribution to small units operating in contested environments," Master Sergeant Chris Genualdi stated in a press release.

This enables "flexible and rapid emergency resupply, routine distribution, and a constant push and pull of material in order to ensure a constant state of supply availability."

Waypoint navigation, which employs pre-programmed coordinates to steer the aircraft's flight path, is essentially used by drones to plan their missions. The drone's range is 43 miles, but when it is loaded with 150 pounds of payload, it is just 8 miles.

Because of its big landing gear, the TRV-150C can take off with up to 150 pounds of cargo slung underneath. It is a four-legged drone with two rotors on each limb, which gives it the appearance of a quadcopter on stilts. 

The TRV drone family is the result of a long-running drone development program that, ten years ago, promised human-powered hoverbikes but is now bringing us unmanned delivery drones, noted a Pupolar Science report on Thursday. 

Tried and tested drone system

The Navy and Marine Corps' Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office, which is responsible for ensuring that those who are fighting on the front lines of conflict or action receive the precise robotic support they require, awarded the contract. 

With a drone resupply exercise taking place at Quantico, Virginia, at the end of March, the Marines have actually put this concept into practice rather than just theorizing about it.

Small units operating in hostile settings can receive speedy, secure, and highly automated aerial distribution from delivery drones. They make it possible for normal distribution, flexible and quick emergency restocking, and constant pushing and pulling of materials to maintain supply availability.

This function is important since it makes the drone less complicated and effectively turns it into a flying cart that can transport supplies on its own, according to the Popular Science report.

The employment of the drones is anticipated to enable attempts at life-saving even when it is dangerous for the soldiers to proceed towards friendly lines for more in-depth treatment. 

These tools might include ammunition, food, or medical supplies. Drones can also be employed as equipment for exporting and rescue. 

"This award represents a success story in the transition of technology from US research laboratories into the hands of our warfighters," according to Mark Butkiewicz, vice president of SURVICE Engineering.