The US Army successfully completed the first experimental flight of a military hoverbike. The tests took place on January 10 at the Aberdeen test site in Maryland.
The concept of this hoverbike got its start as a Kickstarter project by Malloy Aeronautics, but managed to get the attention of the US military. It is now a joint project between the Army and the United States Marine Corps.
The hoverbike's official name is Tactical Resupply Vehicle (JTARV) and its main purpose is to deliver supplies and equipment anywhere on the battlefield in less than 30 minutes. However, in order to achieve this goal, engineers still have to solve several key problems.
First, a new hybrid propulsion system will have to be developed that will give the drone a longer range (up to 200 kilometers). Then, it is necessary to increase its payload to 350 kilograms, as well as equip the hover with an advanced navigation system. The solution of these tasks, according to experts, will take several more years.