11
Feb
2019

The US plans to launch swarms of attack drones from robo-submarines

The drone’s tail, propeller and wings unfold after launch

The drone’s tail, propeller and wings unfold after launch

Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy

By David Hambling

A ROBOT submarine glides stealthily towards the coast before launching dozens of small drones into the air. Individually, these drones can’t do much damage, but as a swarm they are hard to defend against. They can carry explosives or electronic jammers capable of knocking out a radar system or other sensors.

This is the plan for LOCUST, the US Navy’s low-cost, swarming technology, which has just been revealed in Pentagon documents.

The project will probably use Coyote drones made …

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