Producers of specialized drones or craft with effective tech adaptable to defense purposes may be in for a boost in activity under the Pentagon’s new “Replicator” initiative, which seeks to supplement the traditionally huge, multi-year US defense programs by creating an array of fast, responsive “attritable autonomous systems” – with an anticipated emphasis on quickly manufactured UAVs.

The “Replicator” program was discussed in a general manner by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Emerging Technologies conference in Washington Monday. Without abandoning the “large, exquisite, expensive, and few” weapons and military programs the Pentagon has based its warfighting capabilities on for decades, the supplemental approach Hicks described increased use of smaller, specialized, and adaptable systems that private sector drone and robotics companies have excelled in.

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Source: dronedj.com