"Perdix" Mini Air-Launched Swarming UAV

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  1. AMDR

    AMDR Captain Staff Member Administrator

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    Was reading a fantastic interview by Breaking Defense when something interesting popped up at the end of the article.
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    From: http://breakingdefense.com/2016/02/high-tech-seed-corn-for-next-president-bob-work-on-2017-budget/

    "Another example on display in Work’s office is a tiny drone, small enough to fit in your hand — or into the flare dispenser on a manned aircraft such as an F-16. “It’s called the Perdix,” he said proudly. It’s a 3D-printed airframe with electronics from a commercial cellphone, designed by students at MIT. The mini-drone still has room to accommodate different payloads, and it’s able to communicate both with other Perdixes (Perdice?) and the manned aircraft acting as their mothership.

    “Just imagine an airplane going in against an IAD (Integrated Air Defense) system and dropping 30 of these out that form into a network and do crazy things.” (Work didn’t give details, but acting as sensors and/or decoys seems likely). “We’ve tested this,” he said. “We’ve tested it and it works.”"
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    I did a little more research into PERDIX and eventually came to the MIT laboratory website they described into the article. It looks like the students there already had working prototypes with ejections tests running since at least 2011. Here is the link to the Project PERDIX page. They got the ejection test video, photos, and a description there. Really cool stuff.

    https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/projectperdixcapstone

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    Looks like DoD is really pushing hard on these swarming UAVs concepts. It will be a huge force multiplier for us if we can get these things into the field, especially on the F-35 which had this exact type of "drone mothership" mission in mind when it was designed.

    The Navy has its own: http://www.onr.navy.mil/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2015/LOCUST-low-cost-UAV-swarm-ONR.aspx



    DARPA wants reusable swarms, aka the "Gremlins": http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2015-08-28

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  2. Osmanovic

    Osmanovic 1st Lieutenant

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    These can be air launched

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    Or launched from a tube like device similar to a mortar:

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    Thus would give infantry platoons swarm capabilities.
     
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    I like the mortar concept a lot it seems very feasible and practical especially for Special Forces or for Special Operators as they call them on TV.
    The Locust launched from an MLRS type system is a good idea too. It can be pulled by a humvee and easily deploy the locusts.


    It'll be interesting to see how they will use suicide swarm drones for SEAD missions. You could have a squad carry Osmanovic's mortar and infiltrate behind enemy lines and deploy these swarm drones to take out enemy air defenses.
     
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