Development of unmanned systems to help manned platforms survive in high-threat environments is a key feature of new programs previewed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) in its fiscal 2016 budget request. The Gremlin program, for which an initial $8 million is sought in 2016, is to develop small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that can be launched in volleys from "commodity platforms" — likely transport aircraft. They would fly into contested ...

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