DARPA has been conducting the Service Academies Swarm Challenge as a way to get a grip on how swarm warfare may be conducted. The teams are allowed
to pick a mix of different types of drones in order to play, yes, capture the flag. Some of the base algorithms for how the swarms interact and
target are provided but the cadets are encouraged to come up with their own. Additionally, the mix of drones are entirely up to the cadets. The
videos give some good background, but sadly don't say or show the end results of the swarm battle.
I have to admit, I wonder if there will be no A-10 replacement as we know it. Rather we might have something like the Global Hawk that drops swarms
of expendable drones, like the PERIDEX with a XM-25 grenade warhead or Coyote with a 80mm mortar bomb (etc), that get assigned to the FAC and he (or
she) use the swarm to build up a picture of what the unit is facing and then destroy it with a rain of suicide drones.
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