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Army Maneuver Officials Want to Buy Ammo Resupply Drones and Give them to BCTs

Army maneuver officials are testing quadcopter drones capable of carrying ammunition, water and other supplies into battle, a “promising” concept that could eliminate the danger of resupplying infantry units in the middle of a gunfight.

“Normally, you would bring the supplies up once you reach some sort of termination, reorganization and consolidation in the fight,” Ed Davis, director of the Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, Georgia, told Military.com. “What this does is allow you to bring emergency supplies forward while you are still in the fight because it’s unmanned.”

The battle lab kicked off Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) 2021, during which it plans to refine tactical resupply using improved variants of commercial drones that participated in last year’s experiment, he said.

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