Air Platforms

DARPA programme to explore swarming operations

07 February 2017

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commenced a project to explore how swarms of robots could be used to operate alongside army and marine units at the company level and below.

The Offensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) project is looking to advance and accelerate swarming capabilities, with a specific focus on urban operations, Tim Chung, DARPA's programme manager for the effort, told Jane's.

Chung is interested in seeing how those small units could work with 50-250 unmanned air and ground systems in an urban setting, "What impacts would that have that are significantly more challenging because we have a swarm set of systems to worry about," he noted.

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