SURVICE-Malloy Team Awarded U.S. Navy UAS Contract


SURVICE Engineering, partnered with Malloy Aeronautics, was awarded a U.S. Navy contract in support of the Marine Corps for five prototype units to conduct developmental field testing of the Tactical Resupply Vehicle (TRV).  This January, the SURVICE-Malloy team took first place in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (TRUAS) fly-off competition at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, setting the stage for this contract award.

“This award represents a key milestone in the transition of technology from U.S. research laboratories into the hands of our warfighters,” said Mark Butkiewicz who oversees SURVICE’s Applied Technology Operation.  “Working in collaboration with the US Army Futures Command, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Army Research Laboratory (ARL) under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, we have been able to accelerate our efforts.  ARL’s Open Campus initiative is specifically designed to support innovation and rapid prototyping to expedite fielding of new technologies developed in collaboration with both Government and industry partners.  We started with a world-class commercial product from Malloy Aeronautics and added the necessary tech to provide tactical functionality.  We then worked with the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab to conduct field experiments with warfighters to further explore this new trade space of using autonomous unmanned multirotor drones with 150 lbs payload capacity (and higher) to augment logistical operations at the forward most edge of the battlefield.”

Chris Malloy, founder of Malloy Aeronautics said, “We’ve been collaborating with SURVICE to bring our drone technology to the U.S. military for several years, and this award represents another significant step in bringing our award-winning VTOL technology to warfighters in the U.S. as well as other allied nations.”

“The SURVICE-Malloy team is working on high-tech drones that can bring our warfighters supplies on the battlefield, including water, rations and medical supplies.  In deploying drones for logistics, they are helping to reduce the numbers of troops who are in harm’s way,” Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said. “I congratulate SURVICE on this contract and I thank them for their contributions to both our national security and our region’s economy.”

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SURVICE Engineering ( is a U.S.-based specialty engineering firm focused on supporting research, development, testing and evaluation for the U.S. Department of Defense and Federal agencies.

Malloy Aeronautics ( is a U.K.-based firm specializing in custom, high-performance VTOL platforms for both military and commercial applications.

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