Exploring a cheap, sustainable uncrewed air system with BAE Systems

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BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics, a UK-based heavy lift UAV and drone manufacturer, have announced plans to explore developing an all-electric “heavy lift” uncrewed air system (UAS) that is both cheap and sustainable. 

This could be a potential new solution to deliver cost-effective, sustainable rapid response capability to military, security and civilian customers. 

The all-electric powered concept vehicle will be designed with a top speed of 140km per hour and the ability to carry a class-leading 300kg payload with a range of 30km. 

The technology could be used for a range of applications, such as performing ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore movements to support military and security operations and logistics. 

Emitting zero carbon, the uncrewed system could help revolutionise military operations where there is a requirement to carry heavy loads. It could help to keep military personnel out of harm’s way in dangerous situations or disaster zones, while reducing the environmental impact of our armed forces.  

The companies are exploring opportunities to collaborate on capability, design, manufacture and marketing of the concept vehicle. 

“It’s fantastic to be working with Malloy Aeronautics on this ground-breaking technology,” BAE Systems’ Air Sector Advanced Projects, Technology and Manufacturing director Dave Holmes said. 

“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.” 

“Beyond the military capabilities, there is also clear potential in the commercial, security and humanitarian arenas,” Malloy Aeronautics CEO Oriol Badia said. 

“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.” 

The all-electric concept vehicle directly supports BAE Systems’ strategy to accelerate technology development through increased investment in research and development, and working with industry partners, SMEs and academia. 

The drive to develop sustainable products and solutions to meet evolving customer requirements is a key focus, including areas such as electrification, increased use of synthetics and other non-polluting energy sources.