The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) successfully conducted groundbreaking drone delivery trials to transport supplies between ships and shore.

The Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program (PMA-263) worked with the US Navy to show how cargo that weighs less than 50 pounds can be transported by delivery drones. This accounts for 90% of the US Navy’s logistics deliveries.

Drone delivery trials including ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore, and shore-to-ship

Industry partners, Skyways Air Transportation, Inc., and Martin UAV, operating the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), demonstrated the ability to transport cargo weighing less than 50 lbs. through long-range flights in various scenarios, including ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore, and shore-to-ship.

Both systems demonstrated the capability to deliver cargo over 200 nautical miles to a moving ship underway during the demonstration at…