A new unmanned aerial delivery system that can carry up to 1,500 pounds of gear and equipment in hostile conditions has been successfully tested by the US Army. The disposable GD-2000 glider is a more dependable and affordable alternative to the Joint Precision Airdrop System.
The US Army Special Forces have successfully tested a new unmanned aerial delivery system called the GD-2000 glider, which can transport up to 1,500 pounds of gear and equipment for friendly forces in contested environments. During the test, the glider was launched from a cargo aircraft and landed within 30 meters of its target. The GD-2000 glider is described as “the world’s most dependable standoff resupply platform” by its manufacturer, Silent Arrow. The glider is also cheaper than the current Joint Precision Airdrop System used by the US military. The testing was funded through a $2.2m award to Silent Arrow through the Pentagon’s Warfighter Lab Incentive Fund.