The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., plans to stage airborne combat with 50 small UAVs on each side by 2015, in an attempt to determine how future air defenses can cope with large numbers of attackers. Timothy Chung, an assistant professor of systems engineering at the school, is the mastermind behind the Aerial Battle Bots project. He argues that when dealing with potential “swarms” of attackers, low-cost defensive drones could be the answer. Existing air defense ...


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