Air Platforms

Northrop Grumman testbed to help develop swarm tactics

26 February 2018

As part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) OFFEnsive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) effort, Northrop Grumman has launched a testbed to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable ground forces to use swarms of small unmanned systems.

The company is tasked with designing, developing, and deploying a swarm-system, open-based architecture for technologies in both a game-based environment and physical test bed, according to a Northrop Grumman statement.

The OFFSET programme "envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aerial systems and/or small unmanned ground systems in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments," according to DARPA.

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