Armed Forces to use drones for medical supply deliveries

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by Emily Atkins

Canada’s military will be testing aircraft from Drone Delivery Canada gauge their suitability for use in military logistics applications.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces’ (DND/CAF) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program has contracted with DDC to use a Canary remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in a six-month program.

The initial contract is worth $200,000. If it is successful, it could lead to a follow-on 12-month contract valued up to $1 million.

The Canary will be operated and evaluated in a test environment setting, as well as a real-world operation to demonstrate the Canary’s ability to deliver medical equipment and supplies in austere environments during mission-critical operations.

The Canary has long-range capabilities, and ability to operate in diverse weather conditions.

The integration of drone delivery solutions will enhance the efficiency, speed, and safety during critical operations by reducing the reliance on traditional transportation methods. The Canary’s ability to transport essential medical aid to remote, inaccessible, and higher risk locations has potential benefits for the CAF.

“We are proud to have been selected by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces for the IDEaS program,” said Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada.

“This selection is a testament to our innovative technology and its potential to have a positive impact on the defence sector. We are confident that the Canary drone can play a vital role in advancing the DND/CAF’s mission-critical operations, providing them with enhanced logistical capabilities and a competitive advantage.”