Factsheet 5: Unmanned cargo aircraft for military use; opportunities and challenges for industry, government and academia

Military and civil organizations worldwide are presently looking at the possibilities of using unmanned aircraft for cargo transport, ranging from fast package delivery in urban areas and long-range direct flights to areas without easy access to bubs, to supplies of medicine and ammunition in crisis and combat areas.

Furthest along are probably the U.S. Marines, who deploy the K-MAX unmanned helicopter operationally in Afghanistan. The K-MAX is versatile and well suited for tactical use, but helicopters are by their nature inefficient for moving larger loads over longer distances. A group of Dutch and international organizations, the Golden Triangle Group (GTG), is presently studying the possibilities of developing and operating a military unmanned cargo aircraft (MUCA) and its accompanying logistics systems and Concept of Operations (ConOps).

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