The Defense Advanced Research Agency solicited ideas for making a C-130-type aircraft into a flying mother ship for a swarm of small remotely piloted aircraft, according to an agency
release. "We want to find ways to make smaller aircraft more effective," said DARPA Program Manager Dan Patt. "One promising idea is enabling existing large aircraft, with minimal modification, to become ‘aircraft carriers in the sky,’" he said. DARPA is looking for ideas on possible launch and recovery systems, precision navigation to enable RPAs to take off and land on a cargo aircraft, and plausible uses for such a system, according to the agency’s Nov. 7
request for information. "We envision innovative launch and recovery concepts for new [RPA] designs that would couple with recent advances in small payload design and collaborative technologies," said Patt. The agency seeks industry feedback by Nov. 26.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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