DARPA eyes converting large aircraft into drone carriers

from RINF:

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a contest to find the best solution for large airplanes, such as C-130 transport planes, to carry small drones.
The agency has recently placed a “request for information” in order to explore the possibilities of launching swarms of small UAVs from already existing large aircraft.

“Small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have limited range and responsiveness, however, compared to larger airborne platforms,” DARPA stated. “Launching and recovering small UAS from those larger platforms could provide a cost-effective capability over a spectrum of operating environments to greatly extend the range of UAS operations, as well as enable an entirely new operational concept for mission sets that benefit from distributed employment.”

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