The Marines are one step closer to finding ways to transport vital supplies to Marines on the move via drones.

In 2020, the Corps sought prototype drones that would be able to carry a 60 pound payload on a 20 km roundtrip.

After evaluations at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, the Corps picked Periscope Aviation and Malloy Aeronautics to build competing drones under the Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System program.

The program is basically the Marines Corps’ way of seeing what’s available from industry for smaller payload, shorter range resupply that could be scaled up quickly for larger payloads at farther distances with the right technology investment.

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