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Pentagon testing top-secret swarming micro drones that launch from fighter jets

by Todd Haselton | March 9, 2016March 9, 2016 7:00 pm PST


Here’s a scary story: the government’s Strategic Capabilities Office is reportedly testing drones that are capable of swarming together after launching out of a fighter jet. That might sound like something from the future or even a movie like Avatar, but it’s a fact, according to The Washington Post.

The news outlet said the Pentagon began its tests in Alaska last summer where it flew F-18 and F-16 fighter jets equipped with prototype “micro-drones” that were blasted out of flare launchers. They’re bigger than the locusts pictured above, weighing in at about 1 pound each. The jets are reportedly capable of deploying the swarming drones at high-speeds and 2,000 feet off the earth, making the feat even more impressive. Here’s the terrifying tale, as told by The Washington Post.:

Canisters containing the tiny aircraft descended from the jets on parachutes before breaking open, allowing wings on each drone to swing out and catch the wind. Inch-wide propellers on the back provided propulsion as they found one another and created a swarm.

Don’t worry, though, they aren’t deadly in themselves just yet, though one can imagine how terrifying a swarm of bullet-carrying drones might be. The Washington Post said the main purpose of this type of drone will likely be for surveillance and to “confuse enemy forces.” Yeah, I’d run in fear from these things. Heck, I’d rather have a swarm of bees chasing me, I think.

That’s just one tale from the Strategic Capabilities Office, check the source below for a deeper dive.

Washington Post

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...