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RapidFlight Tapped for Pentagon's Plan to Mass Produce Military Drones

The company can deliver drones with as little as six weeks of lead time.

Rapid Flight E2 Elephant Walk

RapidFlight, an integrated designer and mass manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), is working with the United States Department of Defense (DoD) in support of the Replicator initiative, which outlines the DOD's plan to field thousands of autonomous systems across multiple warfighting domains.

RapidFlight has demonstrated its ability to print, assemble, and fly long-range, high-payload unmanned aircraft in support of the Replicator Initiative.

Leveraging the company's expertise in modular design and digital mass manufacturing, RapidFlight is capable of producing and delivering thousands of UAVs to the DoD and foreign allies with as little as six weeks of lead time. These aircrafts are designed and built with reconfigurable payloads that meet a range of mission needs including ISR, EW, kinetic, swarm, and others.

"RapidFlight exists to enable the DoD and its allies to flexibly respond to urgent and evolving threats posed by strategic global competitors," said Mike Uffelman, RapidFlight's director of customer programs. "Our technology stack, ready for full commercial deployment, enables mission-customizable drone design, scalability, build-anywhere manufacturing, shorter design-to-delivery time, and reduced system costs by up to 80 percent versus existing solutions."

RapidFlight's portfolio of UAS solutions, including the versatile E2 UAS, increase mission capability by three to five times when compared to the cost of existing solutions in the market. With Group 2 and Group 3 electric, gasoline, heavy fuel, and hydrogen aircraft supported by advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads and communication systems, RapidFlight offers a comprehensive suite of capabilities designed to enhance situational awareness, operational flexibility, and mission effectiveness in contested environments.

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