The Air Force Wants ‘Drone Motherships’ (Or a Flying Aircraft Carrier)

The U.S. military is moving ahead with development of a new drone that launches from a cargo plane and, at the end of its mission, can return to the same plane for a mid-air recovery.

The new Gremlin drone could support surveillance and attack missions, according to its developer, Alabama-based Dynetics. In April 2018, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Dynetics a two-year, $40-million contract to design and build several Gremlins. The company expects to test the new drones with a C-130 mothership in late 2019.


Gremlins is part of a wide-ranging effort by DARPA and other military agencies to develop small, inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles that can enhance the capabilities of existing warplanes.

The Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office is working on soda-can-size, single-use Perdix spy drones that launch from the flare-and-chaff dispensers on fighter jets.

... read more at: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-air-force-wants-drone-motherships-or-flying-aircraft-25725

The Air Force Wants ‘Drone Motherships’ (Or a Flying Aircraft Carrier)

The U.S. military is moving ahead with development of a new drone that launches from a cargo plane and, at the end of its mission, can return to the same plane for a mid-air recovery.

The new Gremlin drone could support surveillance and attack missions, according to its developer, Alabama-based Dynetics. In April 2018, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Dynetics a two-year, $40-million contract to design and build several Gremlins. The company expects to test the new drones with a C-130 mothership in late 2019.


Gremlins is part of a wide-ranging effort by DARPA and other military agencies to develop small, inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles that can enhance the capabilities of existing warplanes.

The Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office is working on soda-can-size, single-use Perdix spy drones that launch from the flare-and-chaff dispensers on fighter jets.

... read more at: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-air-force-wants-drone-motherships-or-flying-aircraft-25725