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Nikos Chatzis

“…The US Defense Department and its partners will hold the next demonstration of the highly anticipated drone swarming concept this fall, according to a top general. During a question-and-answer session hosted Wednesday by Defense News, Air Force Lt. Gen. Brian Robinson, deputy commander of Air Mobility Command, revealed the next test for the program, known as Gremlins, will occur in the October to November timeframe. In concert with Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos, and Kratos Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has been working on the project, in which controlled drones are dropped out of cargo planes, such as the C-130 Hercules, to swarm enemy defenses ahead of fighters, ships or ground vehicles. This is another example of trying to use a platform differently,” Robinson said, referring to how cargo aircraft can be repurposed for other missions. The upcoming test could be crucial, as the agencies look to add other capabilities to the swarming concept, according to Steve Fendley, president of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, which is overseeing the drones’ airframe…”