The Hoverbike, a leading-edge drone being evaluated by the U.S. military through SURVICE’s strategic alliance with Malloy Aeronautics, Ltd., was on display at England’s Farnborough International Airshow held on 15–17 July. This vehicle will be the centerpiece of the State of Maryland pavilion at the Airshow. The Hoverbike’s presence there is made possible by a Maryland grant designed for small businesses looking to increase their international exposure and sales.
One of the primary applications of the Hoverbike for the US Army is to resupply soldiers in the field, particularly in harsh or hazardous environments. It is designed to carry 300-600 pounds of payload, which can provide a tactically significant amount of supplies to forward deployed troops. With regular, dependable, and on-demand resupply, soldiers can lighten their load and reduce their exposure to threats.
This drone technology is part of an ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). The aim of this effort is to keep the U.S. military at the forefront of autonomous unmanned systems.