Swarming Drones on Urban Patrol
|Source: DARPA OFFSET Field Test|
For Dense Urban Warfare
The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, is testing the use of swarming drones and ground robots to assist infantry troops as they work dense urban areas on military missions. DARPA envisions using as many as 250 swarming drones and robots at a time to defeat the enemy with overwhelming technological advantage. DARPA is testing out the autonomous team including an ambition test in Georgia this summer. https://youtu.be/ruWC10AW87E (DARPA test video).
The program is called OFFSET or OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. In Georgia, the swarming drones and robots on the ground worked a two block area. Their goal was to find, surround and secure a mock city building.
This is another part of DARPA's ongoing efforts to combine humans with advanced machines for military missions. DARPA says it will continue to test OFFSET over the next few years with increasingly more complex and difficult assignments.