The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has demonstrated the flight capacities of aÂ new “Hoverbike”Â electric quadcopter aerial resupply vehicle prototype designedÂ to deliver supplies toÂ warfighters in the battlefield.
The military serviceÂ said Tuesday the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle was shown toÂ William Roper, director of the strategic capabilities office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and his staff members during their visit to theÂ Aberdeen Proving Ground Laboratory.
“I think the visit was a great success… It gave us an opportunity to showcase to Dr. Roper ideas and also the progress we’ve been making in exploiting commercial UAS technologies.” saidÂ Tim Vong, associate chief of ARL’s protection division.
JTARV is intended to fly at ground-level or at high altitudesÂ at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour upon its completion asÂ Army researchers look into developing a hybrid propulsion systemÂ they believe could increase the vehicle’s range.
“We’re exploring increasing payload capacity to 800 pounds and extending the range up to 125 miles,” said Vong.
He added that JTARV team is also working on implementing an intelligent and mission planning program toÂ the vehicle to support various operations.
JTARV is a joint effort between the U.S. Marine CorpsÂ and the ArmyÂ and is being developed at the latter’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in New Jersey.