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The Navy’s swarm boats were guided by lasers and radar, but run primarily by a Rubik’s Cube-sized processing unit called the Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, or CARACaS. The LOCUST project will borrow from the pervious effort but the ultimate solution will be very different.
“The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni. The LOCUST program includes a tube-based launcher that can send UAVs into the air in rapid succession. The breakthrough technology then utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions.
originally posted by: Forensick
Just found perhaps a more credible source into LOCUST and its aims and goals:
Ship based and no mention of a land based alternative but the Youtube video does show them attacking buildings on land and not ships which is odd, perhaps they dont want to show they dont have a sound solution for the event of a swarm of small boats on the fleet (not that I consider it a fact, just throwing it out there, I would imagine a phalanx can make light work of a swarms of Itranian suicide sailors).
originally posted by: Hijinx
a reply to: Forensick
This is wicked.... It was only a matter of time. I like the idea of being able to launch a swarm and have boots on the ground command them down on targets with lasers.
Or firing a swarm of these drones and having them fly in and take out multiple targets in a co-ordinated strike...
Really cool tech.
originally posted by: mbkennel
They don't have a sound solution? Ha ha ha! It's called an attack helicopter. Could sink all of them in a few minutes. The F-18's off the carrier would be overkill, but no doubt the flyboys would compete to see how many they could get in a minute like a videogame.