U.S. military researchers want to develop the ability to use C-130 aircraft to launch drone swarms of networked and cooperating unmanned aircraft for electronic attack and reconnaissance missions from standoff ranges, and then use other C-130 utility aircraft to recover as many of these drones as possible. (…)
DARPA will pursue the Gremlins program in three phases: system and technology design; preliminary design; and prototype flight demonstration. This solicitation concerns only the first phase, will involve several different contractors, and spend about $15.8 million.Ultimately DARPA wants a Gremlins flight demonstration by early 2020 to show the feasibility and potential of air-launched, recoverable unmanned aircraft. Only phase-one contractors will be eligible to participate in the program’s second and third phases. (…)
*** Companies interested in participating in the DARPA Gremlins program should submit abstracts no later than 28 Sept. 2015, and full proposals no later than 17 Nov. 2015.
More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-BAA-15-59/listing.html
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