Drone4 developed – together with Machinefabriek Boessenkool and Defense – a megadrone for “the last tactical mile”, the Drone4Emergency. By deploying unmanned multiple rotor aircraft for wounded and cargo transport, security increases during peace and war time.
Drone4Emergency flies with a pilot or autonomously. One can hang a freight net or a stretcher underneath. And if the GPS fails, the drone will simply find its way using the secondary navigation system. In the video you see a test flight with the prototype of the Drone4Emergency.
DRONE FOR VULNERABLE AREA
The Ministry of Defense wants to deploy the drone in the area that is called “the last tactical mile”; the zone between the front and the safety lines. According to Defense, this is a notoriously sensitive area with a lot of “lead in the air”. As soon as Drone4Emergency reports to the delivery location, the drone will stay in the air until someone on the ground gives a reception signal. This is possible with a laser, but also with a QR code. The drone has a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour. The lift weight, the total weight that the drone can lift, including cargo, is more than 500 kilos. He can hold up for half an hour on a full 100 kilo battery and can fly 30 kilometers to and fro.
LESS HAZARD FOR PEOPLE
Transporting ammunition and other goods is intensive and dangerous. Enemy units attack supply lines to disrupt the opponent’s logistics. If the Drone4Emergency is shot from the air, the device and the cargo are lost. But monetary loss is always better than human loss. By entrusting tasks to a drone, the lives of helicopter pilots, truck drivers and ground troops are less at risk.