Micro Drone Swarm Launched From F/A-18 Super Hornet

first published on February 20, 2017 by

A flight of F/A-18 Super Hornets was able to successfully launch a swarm of 103 micro drones at a test site in China Lake, California.

The United States Military was able to successfully test a swarm of 103 Perdix drones launched from an F/A-18 Super Hornet in China Lake, California in October of 2016. During the test, the drones performed exceptionally well, displaying advanced swarming behaviors such as adaptive formation flight, and advanced decision making based on their surroundings.

According to a press release from the Pentagon, this test is one of the most advanced and significant tests in autonomous flight. “Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office.