BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics have announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric ‘heavy-lift’ Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) as a solution to deliver cost-effective, sustainable rapid response capability to military, security and civilian customers.
With a 300kg maximum payload capacity, the new 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 UAS could help revolutionize operations where there is a requirement to carry heavy loads, helping to keep personnel out of dangerous situations or disaster zones and 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,” said Dave Holmes, Advanced Projects, Technology and Manufacturing Director, BAE Systems’ Air Sector.
“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.”
The all-electric concept vehicle directly supports BAE’s strategy to accelerate technology development through increased investment in research and development, as well as 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.
“Beyond the military capabilities, there is also clear potential in the commercial, security and humanitarian arenas,” said Oriol Badia, CEO, Malloy Aeronautics.
“Our goal is to work together with BAE Systems to ensure that our capabilities are not just the first and best for defense, but that they become the future workhorse to keep all our personnel safe.”