Hybrid Air Vehicles for Military Logistics Heavy Lift – In Support of Canadian Forces Northern Operations


  1. Ghanmi, A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAVs) are airships that combine characteristics of heavier-than-air technology, fixed-wing aircraft, and lighter-than-air aerostat technology. HAVs are being considered by the Canadian Forces (CF) as potential platforms to address deficiencies in military logistics heavy lift, particularly for northern operations. HAVs could provide a cost-effective point-to-point delivery capability and could mitigate several limitations associated with other forms of transport. This paper presents an assessment of the HAV lift performance in support of CF northern operations. A Monte Carlo simulation framework was developed to simulate various lift scenarios in the North using HAVs and conventional aircraft, which indicated that HAVs could potentially improve the CF’s logistics lift capability for northern operations. Potential lift cost, response time and greenhouse emission reduction could be achieved using HAVs versus conventional aircraft. From an energy perspective, the use of HAVs for logistics heavy lift would potentially reduce the military operational energy demand due to their payload capacities and fuel consumption efficiency.

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DRDC-CORA-TM-2013-061 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Apr 2013
Number of Pages
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