US NAVY PLANS TO DEPLOY SWARMS OF DRONES THAT CAN BE LAUNCHED FROM TUBES

From Popular Science:

“It’s an acronym even a pharaoh could fear. Developed by the Office of Naval Research, LOCUST (for “Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology”) is a drone swarm launched from tubes. In March, ONR tested the tube-launched drones, and in early April, they tested their swarming ability impotenciastop.pt. In the future, American warships may launch swarms of up to 30 autonomous, swarming drones. There’s even a demonstrated planned for 2016.

The tube-launched Coyote drones have folding wings and propellers, so after they leave the tube they unfold their otherwise cylindrical bodies into flying form. They are small drones, with about an hour of endurance, a top speed of over 90 mph, and a weight no greater than 13 pounds.”

 

Below is the video on the LOCUST drone technology:

 

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