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    Default Tactical Logistics /non-combatant Drones

    No precedent thread found, so stand-alone for now.

    While this is a great idea for an NGO, also seems like a good way to push fresh Combat LifeSaver Bags (or ammo boxes) up without risking one of your guys getting shot.

    'Uber for blood': how Rwandan delivery robots are saving lives
    A Silicon Valley robotics company has teamed up with the Rwandan health ministry to hasten the delivery of vital medicines to hospitals in remote areas
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-d...ng-blood-drone

    Figuring someone else must have had the same thought, checked. Turns out it's called the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV).

    Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work (center) asks questions about the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV, a rectangular-shaped quadcopter that currently carries up to 300 pounds of cargo. (Photo Credit: Jhi Scott, ARL Public Affairs)
    “In a firefight, when a Soldier is running low on ammunition, resupply is critical,” said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Guenther, an enlisted advisor at the laboratory. “I’ve had situations where speedballs were dropped off to me by helicopters.”
    In the military context, a “speedball” refers to a bag of supplies, usually ammunition, dropped from a plane or helicopter to soldiers in the field.
    “What are the implications of that?” asked Army researcher Tim Vong. “We’re working with users in the joint community to look at this concept.”
    https://scout.com/military/warrior/A...tion-101456371

    See also https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/18/1...ply-autonomous

    How long are you Chinese guys going to wait before stealing this idea?
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    Sven has a fine blog post about this topic.

    Aerial drones are no doubt part of the future combat supply mix.

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    Default Predictable as a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors

    Meet the Counter-Measure.

    As drones increase in availability, more organizations and governments are looking for ways to protect assets from nefarious drones. Fortem has developed a system called DroneHunter that, well, hunts drones. Literally. DroneHunter involves detecting and then removing drones by shooting them down or capturing them with another drone. This is dogfighting with drones.
    https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/fo...-rogue-drones/

    I can't wait for the Counter-Counter Measure.
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    A start-up called Volans-i is building drones that can deliver heavy parts over long distances, even to a ship that's sailing at sea. This kind of technology could have saved the Titanic, CEO and co-founder Hannan Parvizian quipped.
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    Volans-i's drones are able to travel for up to 500 miles carrying 20 pounds of cargo at a time at a top speed of 200 miles per hour. (A delivery from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take three to four hours.) They are able to do this by employing fixed wings along with vertical-take-off-and-landing systems for flight, and both batteries and fuel for propulsion.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/26/vola...ving-ship.html
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