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This one-ton glider delivery drone is designed for battlefield cargo drops

By midian182 · 10 replies
Sep 11, 2019
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  1. Shown off at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London, Yates Electrospace Corporation’s (YEC) Silent Arrow GD-2000 is a 2,000-pound glider delivery drone that can carry up to 1,631 pounds of cargo.

    As reported by New Atlas, the drone, which has a wingspan of 28 feet, is either carried aboard a cargo plane or tethered beneath a helicopter with its spring-deployed wings folded in. Once within 40 miles of a target, the Silent Arrow is released and glides autonomously and silently to its destination. The drone is currently a single-use model, but a reusable glider and a reusable electric take-off and landing version are being developed.

    The drone is designed as a potential replacement for the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS), which uses GPS and steerable parachutes to deliver supplies to troops. Not only is the Silent Arrow capable of doing the same job at less than half the cost, but being a glider means it also has double the glide ratio, better landing accuracy, and is much stealthier.

    Production of the Silent Arrow GD-2000 begins next month. Check out the video below to see the aircraft in flight.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,710   +4,047

    Interesting concept but appears to be limited to wide open terrains, which severely limits it's operating theater's.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,647   +616

    Aren't all arrows silent?
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  4. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,635   +1,232

    Looks like a great way to deliver weapons to enemy troops who track it to its crash site.
    TomSEA and IAMTHESTIG like this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,772   +838

    What could possibly go wrong?
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +1,651

    Concept seems pretty goofy. So much could go wrong. And one aircraft is already required to launch it - and a big one at that - if the drone is carrying a one ton load.

    Whatever happened to plain old-fashioned air drops?
  7. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 299   +213

    Mostly the focus is going to be on combat areas where the risk to pilots is too high to make a drop, otherwise a normal air drop would make sense, time will tell if this proves to actually be useful or not.
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,244   +1,677

    Not the ones with whistles on them ;P
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,818   +1,182

    cliffordcooley likes this.
  10. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 837   +730

    Cheater. You actually read the article.
    Kibaruk and cliffordcooley like this.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,818   +1,182

    It seems like it's a downward trend... you still got more ups for being funny - Upward trend

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