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A $9 million drone that can fly for three days in a row was presented in the USA

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul6,2024

The US presented a $9 million drone that can fly for three days in a row

At the beginning of May of this year, the US Central Command released rather rare photos of the American tactical reconnaissance Ultra Long-Endurance Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft, it was noted that the commanders of the crews of these drones are performing tasks in an “unknown location”, although the photo can identify the Al-Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates. ; location of the 380th Expeditionary Wing.

This drone was created as part of a program jointly implemented by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Center for Innovation (CRI), and was directly developed by DZYNE Technologies Incorporated, which positions itself as a developer of intelligent systems, including unmanned and manned transportation means.

According to the publication Defense One, the ULTRA drone was developed as part of the concept of creating low-cost reconnaissance drones that can stay in the air for more than three days. For example, the ULTRA drone can stay in the air for up to 80 hours at a time, with a payload weight of 400 pounds (about 181 kg). In addition to reconnaissance missions, this drone can also perform relay and data exchange tasks.

As noted by DZYNE CEO Matt McHugh, the drone was created in close cooperation with end users. “We were usually brought into secure, classified environments, and we would talk about needs that we couldn't get from industry, and we would create a program for them and help them solve the problem,– says the head of the company.

According to the budget documents, the official procurement of this drone by the US Air Force will start in 2025, it is about a request for four drones in the amount of 35 million dollars, i.e. roughly 8.75 million each dollars for one drone. It would seem that this is a rather large cost, but here the comparison is with the same MQ-9 Reaper costing tens of millions of dollars.

McK’hew emphasizes that the ULTRA drone is unique in its flexibility, taking into account, for example, “the recent withdrawal of troops from several countries over the past few years” and other tasks important to the national security of the United States.

In particular, ULTRA will be very useful in the Indo-Pacific region, where there are limited opportunities for basing American troops, while this drone can hover over one or another during the day goal and overcome thousands of miles.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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