Underway Replenishment Drones Will Make Resupply Missions Safer
- The U.S. Navy is testing drones that can send cargo from one ship to another at sea.
- Underway replenishments—especially by air—can be dangerous, and often involve moving small cargoes.
- Drones could remove humans from the potentially dangerous work, while still moving vital equipment from ship to ship.
To develop methods for using drones during underway replenishment missions, the U.S. Navy is testing two unique, cargo-carrying drones that can move goods from one ship to another: Shield AI’s V-Bat and the Skyways V2.6. The technology could eventually allow ships to stay on station longer, on the front line, where they are needed most in wartime.
One of the most dangerous peacetime missions in the Navy is the underway replenishment, or UNREP….