Air Force orders 15 Silent Arrow cargo delivery drones

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The world’s first production 1-ton cargo delivery drone to be scaled down and used to address new humanitarian and tactical markets.

The US Air Force’s Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Silent Arrow a contract for 15 scaled-down cargo delivery drones.

The contract is called “Guided Bundle Derivative of Silent Arrow for Side Door and Palletized Swarm Deployment at High Speeds and Altitudes” and comes into effect on November 12, 2021.

As part of this Phase II small business innovation research contract, the commercially successful Silent Arrow GD-2000 platform will be scaled down and redesigned into a new product line called the Silent Arrow Precision Guided Bundle (SA -PGB), which will initially be developed as an autonomous cargo delivery glider. The SA-PGB is specially designed for the deployment of side door and multiple unit (swarm) ramps, compatible with a very large fleet of delivery aircraft ranging from civilian Cessna Caravan to military C-17.

Design and engineering work for the AFRL sponsored SBIR II contract will take place at Silent Arrow’s head office in Irvine, California.

The SA-PGB will be designed and built at Silent Arrow’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif., And 15 aircraft will be shipped to the company’s flight test center in Pendleton, Ore., For operational evaluations at the test center. Pendleton UAS. Initial specs include a maximum weight of 500 pounds, a load capacity of 350 pounds, 39 inches long and deployable from high altitudes and speeds.

“We would like to thank the United States Special Operations community, the United States Air Force, Navy, Army and various other organizations who have signed up to support this award for a new, lifesaving cargo delivery drone. “said Chip Yates, founder of Silent Arrow. and CEO. “We look forward to an exciting flight test program in 2022 and quickly putting this new capability into the hands of fighters and disaster relief organizations. “

Silent Arrow’s tightly integrated packaging with its patented spring-loaded fender system, industry-leading payload capacity, 40-mile safety distance, and low unit cost, has received an enthusiastic reception from on behalf of US and overseas customers and is currently delivered and operated to directly serve heavy trucks. -Payload, autonomous freight replenishment needs around the world.


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