Air Platforms

RAF looks at UAV swarms

12 July 2018

A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace.

Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by the service’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) as part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s wider technology initiative to investigate innovative solutions to future combat air systems requirements.

“This potential future tender is not for a capability but a demonstrator,” an RAF officer told Jane’s , adding that a prior information notice was issued to participants before the industry day.

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