Yates Electrospace Corp. (YEC) announced Monday they have completed the design and specifications of a wide-body version of its successful GD-2000 cargo delivery drone. The company will unveil the drone in July during the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom.
Developed by YEC based on real-time demand from U.S. and allied foreign government special operators including the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the new wide-body is 60 percent larger than the standard Silent Arrow GD-2000, with a 140cu/ft cargo bay that accommodates five times more life-saving supplies, medicines and tactical cargo.
"The YEC engineering team used current flight data from the inaugural GD-2000 product line along with extensive computational fluid dynamics analysis to optimize the aerodynamics and glide ratio of this rather massive cargo delivery platform," said Chip Yates, YEC's founder and CEO, in a company press release. "With two launch customers on hand, our accelerated schedule delivers development units by the end of March 2020 and 10 flight test units throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020.”
A full scale flight-ready Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone was unveiled in September at the Defense & Security Equipment International show in London.
Designed for immediate air response and emergency relief, Silent Arrow's tightly integrated packaging with its unique spring-deployed wing system transported inside the fuselage, high standoff distance and low cost has received enthusiastic reception from both the tactical resupply and the humanitarian / disaster relief markets. Silent Arrow is designed for fixed-wing and rotorcraft deployment of critically needed supplies, cargo and fuel under austere operating conditions and timelines.