LCI orders up to 40 Elroy Chaparral automated cargo drones
Cargo drone developer Elroy Air says it has secured the purchase at least 20 of its Chaparral autonomous planes from aircraft and helicopter leasing company LCI, raising the total value of its order book to over $2 billion, according to the company.
LCI announced it had placed a firm order for 20 of Elroy’s vertical takeoff and landing cargo drones, and has taken an option for up to 20 more Chaparral craft. The end-to-end, autonomous logistics and delivery UAVs can carry a maximum 500 lb. of freight up to 300 miles. The craft is central to Elroy Air’s integrated, high-throughput autonomous aerial logistics system, and can takeoff, land, on-load, and off-load payloads quickly with no operator interaction.
LCI will lease its Chaparral drones to clients for commercial logistics, disaster relief, firefighting, and other missions, as well as use for cargo transport by humanitarian organizations similar to Ayr, which last year ordered up to 100…