DARPA seeks massive drone swarms to swamp enemy defenses
If the war in Ukraine has taught the world anything, it’s that UAVs have proven their utility in waging war today, and demonstrated their promise for larger deployment in future conflicts. And that evolution doubtless explains why the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is now endeavoring to create super swarms of drones capable of overwhelming enemy defense systems, and attacking targets they identify once past those.
DARPA last month updated an announcement initially published late last year, calling for bids from companies to develop large swarms of drones to perform a variety of military missions, including swamping complex, tech-based defense systems – then autonomously seeking out designated targets with onboard munitions. While military operations using multiple UAVs have thus far limited the number of craft involved to single or double digits, the DARPA program seeks to deploy up to 1,000 drones – possibly more…