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Our gliders are disposable, low-cost, one-time use resupply delivery systems that could provide a rifle squad with a single day sustainment, could significantly reduce current resupply costs, not compromise a unit’s position through noise, and not burden a unit by requiring it to recover and retain the glider.  Our gliders increase standoff range for cargo aircraft to improve the safety for their aircrew as well as reduce the fuel and time consumed in transporting supplies to widely dispersed locations.

Gliders provide numerous additional advantages:

- for Ground Combat Units

• Gliders could provide rifle squads located at widely separated points of need with single day sustainment. 

• Gliders would not telegraph a ground unit’s location.  The glider’s small size, low radar cross section (RCS), low infrared (IR), and low acoustic signature all make the gliders difficult to observe. 

• Gliders do not further burden the rifle squads by requiring them to bring back glider components. 

• Glider resupply would not be stopped by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). 

• Gliders resupply would not be stopped by Air Defense Systems (ADS).  Even if the gliders are shot down by an ADS, the gliders should cost less than the ADS assets required to shoot the gliders down. 

• Gliders would be able to operate in all weather conditions including high winds. 

• Gliders would be able to deliver supplies anywhere a parachute airdrop can. 

• Gliders do not need an airfield-like landing zone. 

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- for the Carrier Aircraft

• Gliders improve cargo aircraft survivability by providing standoff from ADS. 

• Gliders reduce flight hours needed to fly a logistic mission by over an hour, thus reducing aircraft maintenance and increasing the availability of aircraft & flight crew for other missions. 

• Gliders could eliminate rotorcraft landing in a landing zone (LZ) – potentially dangerous even in peacetime. 

• Gliders save carrier aircraft limited airframe life for future use. 

- for Amphibious Ships

• Gliders increase ship standoff distance from shore-based threats such as cruise missiles. 

• Gliders improve carrier aircraft’s radius of action – e.g., 20% increase for MV-22 missions to a single point of need and more than 50% increase for MV-22 missions to multiple points of need.

• An amphibious ship’s Air Combat Element (ACE) could deploy up to 50 gliders an hour because the MV-22 and CH-53 aircraft could carry multiple gliders simultaneously.

- for Humanitarian Aid

• Gliders could transfer humanitarian aid across political borders. 

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- for the Taxpayer

• Glider’s innovative design and unique choice in materials and manufacturing methods could make the glider less expensive for many missions as compared to other means of aerial supply when considering the cost of both the carrier aircraft plus the glider.

• Gliders are always less expensive when the probability of carrier aircraft loss to ADS is considered

- for Logisticians

• Gliders could greatly outdistance any ground based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for cargo logistics since the actual cargo delivery distance is the sum of the carrier aircraft’s range plus the glider’s range.

• Gliders could bypass shore-based Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (RSOI) logistics depots that have been traditionally used to deliver supplies to multiple points of need. 

• Gliders could improve the throughput (tons-miles of cargo per hour) for a carrier aircraft. For example, since the MV-22 could carry up to four gliders at a time there are concept of operations (CONOPS) in which the gliders enable one MV-22 to do the job of four MV-22’s. 

• Gliders could save carrier aircraft fuel – this is fuel that does not need to be transported into the operating theater (for example 330 gallons for the MV-22). 

• Gliders stow in standard intermodal (ISO) shipping containers at the point of use and can be assembled quickly using only small hand tools.