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LOCUST - Swarming Autonomous Drones

LOCUST  Drones

The US Navy will use swarming autonomous drones to overwhelm enemies. It's called Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology (LOCUST). Packs of drones are ejected from tube based launchers that can be placed anywhere.

LOCUST Swarming Drones

Once airborne, the UAVs fall into pre-programmed mission formations. They can communicate amongst themselves for collaborative action. While the drones are autonomous, all missions will be monitored by a human. The office of Naval Research calls LOCUST the future of war.