The TRV-150 drone utilized by US Marines for operations in the Arctic region of Norway.

U.S. Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, recently utilized the TRV-150 unmanned aircraft systems during test flight operations in Setermoen, Norway.

The initiative, led by CLB-6, aimed to evaluate the performance and capabilities of the TRV-150 drone in Arctic conditions while enhancing system familiarization. This activity is part of Marine Rotational Forces Europe 24.1, a program focused on strengthening regional engagements across Europe through various exercises, including arctic cold-weather and mountain warfare training, and military-to-military engagements, ultimately enhancing interoperability between the U.S. Marine Corps and allied forces.

The TRV-150, also known as the Tactical Resupply Vehicle, is a remote-controlled uncrewed eVTOL air cargo drone designed to transport a wide range of supplies essential for battlefield operations, including food, water, medical supplies, equipment, fuel, and ammunition.

Operating at a cruise speed of 108 km/h (67 mph), the TRV-150 has a maximum range of 70 km (43 miles) and a flight time of 36 minutes, with a maximum payload capacity of 68 kg (150 lb). It features eight propellers and electric motors, with easily replaceable batteries as its power source, ensuring swift turnaround times. Additionally, its fixed skid landing gear simplifies operation, while redundant avionics enhance safety and durability.

The use of the TRV-150 addresses the inherent risks associated with traditional cargo resupply missions, mitigating threats to military personnel by providing a secure and efficient alternative. The drone can operate day or night, facilitating timely and safe delivery of equipment to the battlefield, with remote piloting available through a laptop interface that allows for waypoint navigation and autonomous delivery. Furthermore, the TRV-150 allows flexibility in cargo handling, offering options for both landed and in-flight drop-off procedures.

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