Chartis Federal’s Periscope Aviation has earned a contract to deliver prototype Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TRUAS) to the United States Marine Corps for field testing at Yuma Proving Grounds in early 2021. These systems will autonomously fly 60-90lbs of cargo to locations 10-20km away, delivering supplies such as food, water, fuel, and ammunition to Marines on the front line.
This contract is a result of the Department of the Navy’s TRUAS Prize Challenge in January 2020, which was the first live demonstration of Periscope’s MK4 UAS for Department of Defense (DoD) customers.
“This award reflects the company’s efforts to design purpose-built solutions for DoD and their specific mission requirements,” said Nick McCarter, Chief Executive Officer at Chartis Federal. “We appreciate the opportunity to help keep military personnel in forward positions adequately equipped when timing means everything.”
Periscope’s MK4 incorporates technologies from ARA Robotics and Autonodyne for automated and autonomous flight. These technologies eliminate the cost and need for skilled pilots through secure, software-based mission planning and enable a “no-touch delivery” of critical supplies.
About Periscope Aviation: Periscope Aviation delivers high-performance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and vehicles (UAV) that are optimized for specific mission requirements including tactical resupply, remote communications, and C4ISR. Our multi-rotor platforms are more reliable and safer than hobby-grade drones and more affordable than high-altitude, custom fixed-wing aircraft. We offer performance efficiencies in flight time, endurance, and payload capacity. All Periscope solutions are built in America with components that can be purchased by U.S. federal agencies.
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