US Air Force intends to use air taxis to rescue soldiers

To rescue servicemen who find themselves in a difficult situation in the territory occupied by the enemy, transport helicopters or, in the case of coastal areas, special boats are usually used. In connection with the rapid development of drones, the US Air Force command intends to connect autonomous aircraft to this.

This, for example, will look like an operation to rescue a pilot shot down over enemy territory. A C-130J Hercules with a UAV loaded into it flies to the place where the pilot is supposed to be.

The drone is dropped through the rear ramp and descends with parachutes. Having landed, the UAV begins an independent flight to the place where the injured pilot is. With the person on board, the drone returns to its own.

The vehicle is a life-saving vehicle developed by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, AFRL requires a "low-cost aerial platform" with several features. In particular, it must be unmanned and have a range of at least 100 km, a speed of more than 100 km / h and a flight altitude of 1.2 km. There should also be room for one wounded and four soldiers.

The flight of such a drone is very similar to the flight of air taxis, which are being developed in several countries. The main difference between a military "taxi" is the ability to drop it from a transport aircraft. Boeing PAV with an electric helicopter Volocopter and Logistics Gliders Inc with a self-developed drone are already claiming the role of possible "candidates".

HH-60G Pave Hawk - traditional US Air Force rescue helicopter