Report: Army Eyes Midsize Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle to Address Soldier Load Weight Issue

The U.S. Army seeks a midsize unmanned cargo air vehicle that can help reduce soldiers’ loads by eliminating the need for them to carry mission equipment and emergency supplies, FlightGlobal reported Thursday.

Lt. Col. Jeremy Gottshall, autonomous aerial resupply capability manager at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, said at an industry event hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International that the service branch has begun efforts to evaluate the use of a joint tactical autonomous resupply system and define potential requirements for its usage.

The report the proposed JTARS may have some overlap with the U.S. Marine Corps‘ requirement for the Marine Air Ground Task Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities system as well as the Army’s Future Tactical UAS platform.

The Army wants an air vehicle that has a capacity to transport up to 800 pounds of equipment and emergency resupply items to a designated location as far as 62 miles.

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