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Watch the Navy’s LOCUST launcher fire reconaissance drones like they’re missiles

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Bart King
May 25, 2016 15:49
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Inside the War Fighting Lab, the Marine Corps is developing remote-controlled land-based robots and aerial drones that operate in teams; the United States Army is building robotic medics that can tend to soldiers and rescue them from the battlefield; and DARPA s Gremlin drones are being designed to take off from and return to a mothership after completing reconnaissance missions.

Not to be outdone by the military s other branches, the Navy s Office of Naval Research ONR has developed swarming drones and a related drone launcher.

According the ONR, LOCUST and the swarming drones are intended to autonomously overwhelm an adversary in either offensive or defensive operations, while keeping soldiers at a safe distance.

The launchers small size allows for the firing of UAVs from ships, vehicles, or aircraft, depending on the mission.

And, like the Marine Corps machines, LOCUST and the UAVs will ultimately be monitored by a human who can override their controls if needed.

This level of autonomous swarming flight has never been done before, ONR program manager Lee Mastroiann said in a press release last year.

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