At the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR), the Royal Netherlands Army recently tested – after extensive tests were also carried out at the Boessenkool Machinefabriek in Almelo – a prototype drone from Drone4.
One and the same drone can – with 500 kg load capacity – take wounded soldiers from the battlefield under the name Drone4Emergency and bring weapons, ammunition and fuel to the front as Drone4Logistics. Safety and effectiveness are the key words. Drone4 works closely with Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede for the (further) development and practical research.
DEFENSE TO THE DRONE
The Royal Netherlands Army also calls the Drone4 innovation “stretcher-drone” or “cargodrone”. The Ministry of Defense is currently in the exploration and experimentation phase with various types of drones. This together with knowledge institutes such as NLR. People look at different drones; from small to large and with multiple applications. And people are enthusiastic, all the more because drones can be used in logistics and to gather information and even as a weapon.
ADDED VALUE FOR EVERYONE
With the Drone4 innovations, we want to come up with good solutions – both practical and effective – for people and society. We are therefore pleased to see that Defense wants to study, view and test these solutions. That people want to accept the possibilities that we offer. That the added value is seen. And that this may be benefited in the future. The great thing is: the added value of drones applies to all of us. Because the applications of drones go further than just the army. With the innovations of Drone4, it is also possible to provide rapid assistance in disaster areas or, for example, to distribute donor organs in cooled boxes. It can be used to fight fires and to evacuate people and animals. Unreachable places and precision landings are not a problem.
WEATHERED THE TRIAL
Defense showed interest in a dozen drones from Drone4. Then the certification must first be completed. And from contacts with the United States we can conclude that they probably want to order one hundred. Because the regulations for these very large drones are still a stumbling block, Drone4 has also built a smaller prototype that can carry almost a hundred kilos. All balance tests with this drone have passed. The drone can excellently transport people and material over a relatively short distance. Stable, autonomous and without the need for direct supervision from the ground. The test by three by four meters – imagine a flying jeep – can stay in the air for more than half an hour and has a range of about 60 kilometers. All test results will be evaluated at the end of this year.