SURVICE Engineering, partnered with Malloy Aeronautics, has been awarded a production contract with the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-263) to produce around 200 Tactical Resupply Vehicle (TRV) aircraft.
The contract is believed to be result of the SURVICE-Malloy team taking first place in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (TRUAS) fly-off competition at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona in 2020.
Under the TRUAS program, the TRV will provide essential resupply to warfighters in contested environments. This capability is expected to reduce the number of troops put in harm’s way while assuring logistics resupply to the forward deployed warfighter.
“This award represents a success story in the transition of technology from US research laboratories into the hands of our warfighters,” said Mark Butkiewicz, Vice President of Applied Engineering at SURVICE Engineering. “Working in collaboration with the Marine Corps Warfighter Lab and the US Army Futures Command, we have been able to accelerate the timeline of developing and fielding new technology. We started with an established and proven product from Malloy Aeronautics and integrated the necessary tech to provide additional tactical functionality for the US warfighter. We then worked with research labs to conduct field experiments with warfighters to refine the use of autonomous unmanned multirotor drones to augment logistical operations at the forward most edge of the battlefield.”
Chris Malloy, founder of Malloy Aeronautics, added: “We’ve been collaborating with SURVICE to bring our drone technology to the US military, and this award represents a major step in bringing our award-winning VTOL technology to US warfighters.”