New Military Swarm Drones Set Stage For Future Warfare

Posted By on April 30, 2017

New Military Swarm Drones Set Stage For Future Warfare
New Military Swarm Drones Set Stage For Future Warfare
New Military Swarm Drones Set Stage For Future Warfare

Hold your breath…. a new generation of drones is coming. These tiny intelligent drones are autonomous, able to operate on their own without humans controlling … the drone is called Perdix. An unlikely name for an unlikely engine of revolution.

This footage taken over the skies of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, a trio of F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters release a total of 103 Perdix drones from small pods mounted on hardpoints on both wings. The drones are capable of withstanding ejection at speeds of up to Mach 0.6 and temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Each individual drone is not controlled in itself but instead it shares a collective, distributed “brain”, travelling in leaderless “swarms”, members of which can adapt to changes in drone numbers and remain co-ordinated with their counterparts. Having multiple micro-drones carrying out surveillance is tactically advantageous to simply having one large drone because it is easier for the micro-drones to dodge air defense systems. Some commentators have said that Perdix drones can be classified as having artificial intelligence.

Perdix drones have two sets of wings which are straddled by a plastic body containing a lithium battery and a small camera. Propulsion is provided by a 2.6 inch propeller at the rear. 3D printing is used to create Perdix drones’ bodies while the onboard software can be updated to enable refinements and improvements to be made without having to manufacture a new drone. The Perdix software is currently in its sixth generation and the Department of Defense aims to have the capability to produce the drones in batches of 1,000 in the near future.

Length: 6.5 inches
Wingspan: 11.8 inches
Weight: 290 grams
Propeller diameter: 2.6 inches
Maximum speed: 70 mph
Endurance: 20 minutes

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New Military Swarm Drones Set Stage For Future Warfare

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