DARPA Tests Deploy Swarm Drones to Control City Blocks


Courtesy of DARPA

The Pentagon’s top think-tank is thinking up a new way to secure urban objectives – it’s all in the drone swarm.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a new field experiment in the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program.

Teams of autonomous air and ground robots tested tactics on a mission to “isolate an urban objective” (translation – cut off one or more city blocks in a crisis situation)

“OFFSET envisions large swarms of collaborative autonomous systems providing critical insights to small ground military units in urban areas where vertical structures, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain communications and…

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