Don’t Fear the “Locust Swarm” of Flying Robots from America – They Are Here to Help* You!

The LOw-Cost Unmannded aerial vehicle Swarming Technology (LOCUST) is a prototype tube-launched UAV. The LOCUST program will make possible the launch of multiple swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm and adversary.

The U.S. Navy will launch up to 30 synchronized drones within one minute, possibly from a single cannon-like device, in what marks a significant advance in robot autonomy. The drones, when airborne, will then unfold their wings and conduct a series of maneuvers and simulated missions with very little human guidance over the course of 90 minutes.

No word on if this is somehow linked to the “Mothership” program. That “tube” these ‘drone swarms’ are launched from is the standard size that we also currently use for sonobouys. These things are quite small.

*Help is such a relative term these days, but “help” scored much better with the focus groups than “kill” did by almost 3 to 1