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LOCUST Displays Potential for Multifunctional UAV Swarms

LOCUST Displays Potential for Multifunctional UAV Swarms image
September 23, 2015 | Source: The Engineer, theengineer.co.uk, 17 April 2015, Stuart Nathan

The US Navy is demonstrating a development version of a system to launch an autonomous swarm of drones for a variety of missions.

A system to launch and co-ordinate a swarm of small, cheap drones is being demonstrated by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). Dubbed LOCUST (Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology), the system is ship-based and can launch several UAVs in rapid succsession which then act together to overwhelm a target.

The system is aimed at reducing the cost of UAV missions, as even hundreds of the LOCUST UAVs cost less than a single large tactical aircraft, the ONR claims.