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The Navy’s Drone Zone

The Navy’s Drone Zone

The United States has been at the forefront of the innovation in aviation for decades. Recently, the United States Navy unveiled a $100 million, 5 year program to develop unmanned helicopters. The idea was that these helicopters would be deployed in rescue missions and other military operations such as resupplying troops. This would be the perfect solution for sending troops the supplies they need without endangering anybody.

Technologically Advanced

According to Mathew Klunder, the Navy’s research chief, this unmanned helicopter is a huge leap ahead in technology. According to a press statement released by him, the helicopter would be capable of carrying upto 5,000 pounds of cargo. 

The system was put to test by the Navy’s program which was successful in test runs that were carried out at Quantico’s Marine Corps Base. All that was needed was 1/2 an hour of training with a tablet and a special application. These helicopters are so technologically advanced that it seems almost as if they have a mind of their own. If they spot an obstacle in their path they are capable of picking their own routes and can even alter their destination. 

Future Plans

Currently, ground convoys are used to supply food, weapons and water in war-struck zones. When land troops go to deliver supplies there is a definite element of risk that they might get shot at by the enemy. But these helicopters can change all that. Autonomous aircrafts have some distinct benefits in different avenues and their benefits will be leveraged even further in the coming years. 

Another plan involves building a completely new type of aircraft within the next ten years. This aircraft could help soldiers in carrying out raids and selecting targets for attack.

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