LONDON — Ukrainian soldiers have received hundreds of drones, gifted to them by Australia, to capture surveillance video crucial for preparing missions to retake ground from Russian forces.
This cheap method of scoping out targets is made possible by SYPAQ’s Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System, which can travel more than 100 kilometers, carry three kilograms of payload, and land within about two meters of its intended landing spot.
SYPAQ created the Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System in 2018, in response to an innovation challenge from the Australian Army to build a low-observable, low-cost drone to deliver resupply goods to remote operators.
The drone’s design features a two-meter wingspan with minimal avionics and a motor module, and a payload bay with a cover that lifts up so the receiver can retrieve the blood bag, repair part, ammunition, radio or whatever else was sent their way.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on SYPAQ and the Australian Defence Force’s testing and development of the aircraft. But then two years later, “along came the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and the Australian government was looking for something they could gift, and they wanted something that was ready to go and didn’t have long lead times,” Partridge said.