Very soon, soldiers will get help in inhospitable situations and terrains from a flying craft that does not needs a space wider than two cars placed side-by-side. They are building this in Israel and they call it the AirMule.
“A 10-12 AirMule “Mobile Supply Unit” can deliver supplies, day after day, to sustain 3,000 combatants, while at the same time ferrying back their wounded and casualties,” the official website describes.
The craft is obviously for military purposes – supply and medical. One significant use of the craft can be in direct combat in areas where helicopters can be easily hit down such as war zones within cities.
On its official website, Urban Aeronautics describes AirMule as capable of transformative assessment and response capabilities during nuclear, biological or chemical emergencies.
Everything about the AirMule is about stealth. It can fly low, has a unique shape, and uses a power source that gives off less radar signs. Critical areas outside of military purpose where the AirMule can help is in the form of air ambulance and law enforcement in cities.
The reason why Urban Aeronautics has started a subsidiary called Metro Skyways hints that AirMule will see other civilian uses too.
But whether or not AirMule becomes a success will depend on factors such as reliability, cost and controls. The company is going for more tests and planning to demonstrate features of the craft sometime this year.