In future, U.S. Marines could be resupplied by unmanned gliders

The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) has given a contract to Yates Electrospace Corp to develop and test 10 unmanned gliders that are able to deliver 700 pounds of life-saving supplies and cargo to any Marine unit.

Graphic: Yates Electrospace Corporation

The company’s Silent Arrow autonomous cargo aircraft is to be deploy from fixed-wing and rotary wing military aircraft such as the C-130, MV-22 and CH-53 from altitudes as high as 25,000 ft. It will then glide to within 150 feet of its target point.

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