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DARPA Developing Gremlin Drone Program

It's been recently discovered that the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is developing a set of reusable drone aircraft that can work together to perform a mission, called the Gremlins program. The objective is to replace the expensive and vulnerable multi-function combat aircraft that currently performs a range of varying missions.

The smaller unmanned aircraft can perform a mission before retrieving them mid-air to be used again. DARPA said that program was named Gremlins after the WWII British pilots who used them as their good luck charms. The Gremlin drones would have a lifetime of around 20 uses. In addition, they would be launched mid-air from larger aircraft and retrieved in the same fashion. Dan Patt, program manager at DARPA, said "Our goal is to conduct a compelling proof-of-concept flight demonstration that could employ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other modular, non-kinetic payloads in a robust, responsive and affordable manner."

Patt added We wouldn't be discarding the entire airframe, engine, avionics and payload with every mission, as is done with missiles. But we also wouldn't have to carry the maintainability and operational cost burdens of today's reusable systems, which are meant to stay in service for decades.”

The agency hopes that the cheap drone aircraft will help the military overwhelm the increasingly sophisticated defenses of enemies.

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