BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics unveil uncrewed electric heavy-lift concept

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BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics have announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric uncrewed air system (UAS) with heavy lift capabilities for military, security and civilian customers.

The all-electric powered concept vehicle, known as the T-650, will be designed with a top speed of 140km/h, 300kg payload and 30km range.

According to BAE, the technology could be used for a range of applications such as performing ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore movements to support military and security operations and logistics.

“It’s fantastic to be working with Malloy Aeronautics on this ground-breaking technology,” said Dave Holmes, advanced projects, technology and manufacturing director, BAE Systems’ air sector.

“Bringing together Malloy’s proven track record of innovative technology in this field, with our understanding of the military operating environment and extensive engineering and systems integration experience, will enable us to develop a sustainable and cost-effective solution for both military and commercial customers.”

Beyond military applications, both companies believe there is also potential in the commercial, security and humanitarian arenas.

“Our goal is to work together with BAE Systems to ensure that our capabilities are not just the first and best for defence, but that they become the future workhorse to keep all our personnel safe,” said Oriol Badia, CEO, Malloy Aeronautics.

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