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HoverCrane to Send Cargo UAV to Air Force for Evaluation

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HoverCrane to Send Cargo UAV to Air Force for Evaluation

Cargo drone manufacturer HoverCrane has announced that it was awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to provide the service with an uncrewed aerial vehicle for evaluation.

The HoverCrane UAV can move payloads weighing between 10 lb and 50 lb regardless of weather conditions and take off and land in harsh terrain. It uses an open and modular systems architecture combined with advanced automation, allowing users to run the drone with minimal support and reduced risk.

The Air Force will evaluate the UAV’s ability to support logistics missions, including expeditionary resupply, HoverCrane said Wednesday.

The award is part of the U.S. military’s pursuit to study different UAV case studies.

In October, the Defense Innovation Unit solicited proposals for UAVs that can be used for delivery missions. According to the DIU, the drone must have a minimum operating range of 500 miles and a minimum cruise speed of 100 know. It must also perform bulk transportation and airdrops and accept sensors and kinetic payloads.

In August, Teal Drones secured a $2.6 million Defense Logistics Agency contract to deliver 172 Teal 2 drones to the Air Force.

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