Air Platforms

USMC hunting for unmanned systems to support F35 in expeditionary airfields

06 August 2019

US marines and sailors are testing out a host of unmanned technologies that could potentially help solve some of their logistical challenges when operating in remote areas, including the arming and refuelling of F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

With the Pentagon shifting its focus from counter-insurgency operations towards a large-scale military conflict with China and Russia, the US Marine Corps (USMC) and US Navy (USN) have been looking for ways to strengthen ties and operate in isolated locations. As part of the move, the duo has been hosting Advanced Naval Technology Exercises (ANTXs) designed to evaluate emerging technologies and rush them to the field.

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