US Army wants small drone suppliers to enable munition-delivery
It’s no secret Russia’s cakewalking expectations to invade and quickly take over Ukraine were upended in large part by defenders’ wide-ranging and extremely effective repurposing of comparatively cheap consumer UAVs into munitions-dropping strike vehicles. Now the US Army is moving to replicate that example, representing a potential boon for small drone partners.
According to a call for bids from aerial tech suppliers by its Small Business Innovation Research unit, the US Army is looking to adapt non-combat drones already at their disposal with (as the solicitation is titled) “Lethal Payloads for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems.”
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According to the document, the initiative seeks to transform drones already qualified for the Department of Defense (DoD) Blue sUAS list of trusted suppliers into munitions-loaded and -dropping UAVs. Those would…