Swarms of foldable drones — the Pentagon’s new lethal weapon

FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled plan to give the Pentagon primacy over targeted killing of terrorists overseas. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Two tech firms are currently collaborating with DARPA — the Pentagon’s advanced research-and-development arm — to create small foldable jet-powered drones to deploy in swarms.

The specifics of the project, code named “Gremlins,” is still under wraps, but, Washington Posts’ Aaron Gregg has done a deep dive on what is available, and kindly shared his conclusions with Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty. In summation, there are a lot of “crazy ideas that are pretty close to actually being used.”

Listen to his full conversation with Armstrong & Getty below.


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