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The UK MoD had a problem when unsing their newly acquired Watchkeeper Drones in that it was quite difficult to unpack and assemble them from wooden boxes for each time they were used. Drallim were given the opportunity to provide a solution to design a storage system for the removed Watchkeeper components during maintenance operations. On the basis of their novel approach, they were selected to come up with a group of easily manoeuvrable stands. Provided initially with just sketches and overall dimensions of the sub-assemblies to be accommodated, once their proposals were accepted, they were given access to the vehicles to check dimensions prior to manufacture.
DRALLIM designed a system of 3 collapsible welded aluminium stands, manufactured prototypes and trialled these onsite to ensure their suitability before making a production quantity. They were able to provide a system, that not only met all of the necessary requirements but also included added features such as a working platform on which to rest the main wing sections during maintenance, allowing access to both upper and lower surfaces. One stand houses the 3 wing sections, a second the two V-tails, and a third, the various covers within individual protective “bags”. The wing stands are shown in the photographs, alongside the Watchkeeper itself.
The users have found the DRALLIM solution to be of such benefit that the wings are now removed and kept in their stands alongside the UAVS on a permanent basis, in preference to them being fitted to the fuselage. This greatly reduces the storage footprint, enabling greater space efficiency within the hangars.
Drallim continue to offer bespoke solutions for use with Drones, many are confidential due to this area now being highly competitive, but we can say that the work centres on custom release mechanisms and storage solutions.
What we can show you is our prototype drone cargo hook using the link shown below.