DARPA selects four teams for its Gremlins program

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  1. AMDR

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    DARPA selects four teams for its Gremlins program

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    MARIANA IRIARTE, ASSOCIATE EDITOR

    ARLINGTON, Va. Phase 1 contracts of DARPA’s Gremlins program were distributed to four teams led by Composite Engineering, Inc. in Roseville, California; Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. in San Diego, California; and Lockheed Martin Corp. in Dallas, Texas.

    The Gremlins program seeks to develop technologies and systems that enable aircraft to launch unmanned air systems (UASs) volleys that are low-cost, reusable, and that can be retrieved in mid-air.


    More at: http://mil-embedded.com/news/darpa-selects-four-teams-for-gremlins-program/

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    Low-cost swarming-style UAVs seem to be getting a lot of traction lately in the military. This is definitely a trend to watch and see how it develops over the next decade.
     
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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    These are a disposable ISR platform right? The article says the Gremlin's lifespan is 20 flights... so I'm assuming it's ISR. Is the US military working on a disposable UAV for attack purposes? Like Israel's Harpy:

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    Switchblade is a ground-launched suicide UAV:

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    And there was (or still is) a project called the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System, but do we know of a disposable attack UAV program in the US?
     
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    The program you talked about, LMAMS, currently has three competing designs far as I know:
    http://www.c4isrnet.com/story/milit...d-new-layer-lethality-remote-forces/31405521/

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    and

    AeroVironment Switchblade
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    Switchblade was the Interim solution for when the US was in Afghanistan, but now LMAMS is the official program to develop a "kamikaze" drone
     
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