UK-Swedish pair bid to develop Royal Navy’s (very) heavy-lift drone
A pair of innovative European aviation companies have partnered up to earn a chance to develop a very heavy-lift drone for the UK’s Royal Navy – a craft the duo says will carry supply payloads of up to 700 kilograms to offshore ships.
In a very brief common press release issued today, UK-based UAV consultancy and systems provider Mondini and Swedish maker of XXL quadcopters ACC Innovation formalized their partnership to produce an exceptionally heavy-lift transport drone for the Royal Navy.
Though the oddly ambiguous text does not say so explicitly, it indicates their joint work on the project thus far has earned them selection to the Ministry of Defence’s project to develop an aerial craft capable of hauling hundreds, possibly thousands of kilograms of supplies from land to sea vessels, and between ships.
That effort was formally kicked off last year when private companies were invited to pitch their projects for consideration. The…