Employment of robotically assisted surgery to intelligently conduct invasive or non-invasive medical procedures has become a mainstay in operating rooms around the world. This technology was developed to provide a uniform and precise standard for the purpose of reducing or eliminating surgically instigated tissue trauma associated with human hand tremors and/or lesser skilled surgeons.

Whether the surgeon is remotely conducting a cardiac bypass operation from the next room or remotely replacing a kidney in Texas while sitting in Massachusetts, robotically assisted surgery has revolutionized the way doctors and surgeons master their given craft.

What if the same robotic reliability and quality assurance could be applied to the emergency medical ambulatory process?

Imagine the implementation of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) designated for on-call medical evacuation scenarios on the battlefield and in areas considered too remote or austere for traditional aeromedical evacuation helicopters like the US Army’s infamous “Dust Off”.

These same VTOL UAS could also conduct covert re-supply behind enemy lines, provide on-target fire support, or delivery of high value individuals, prisoners and time sensitive intelligence packages resulting from post assault site sensitive explorations.

Very much like a surgeon who remotely performs precision surgery from across the country, VTOL UAS such as the A160 Hummingbird, K-max or Fire Scout would be remotely piloted in real time from either a tactical forward operating base (FOB) or a strategic command located at home in the United States.


Utilizing beyond line of sight (BLOS) data link, they can aptly maneuver inside Afghanistan’s many valleys and can move across the high-altitude terrain at the slow speeds necessary for certain surveillance full motion video cameras and radar sensors.