Monday, February 20, 2006

Autonomous Battlefield 'Wolfpacks'

NASHUA, N.H. – BAE Systems recently demonstrated its vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial system (UAS) at Fort Benning, Ga., for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and U.S. Army representatives.

BAE Systems integrated WolfPack with its UAS to demonstrate the deployment and relocation of the sensors.

“This demonstration shows that unattended battlefield sensors can not only operate autonomously, but that they can be made to be self-deploying, self-relocating and, if needed, self-recovering,” said DARPA Program Manager Preston Marshall.

Wolfpack consists of small, unattended sensors that can be placed at areas of interest. Once deployed, individual "wolves" (sensors), self-organise into "packs" to determine optimum detection and jamming strategies. In each "pack," gateway nodes provide data to users, and the system can detect and jam many threat signals.

"The mobility provided by the unmanned aerial system significantly enhances the utility of the WolfPack sensors," said Tom Herring, vice president and general manager of Integrated Solutions for BAE Systems.

Press Release


Anonymous Cristobal said...

It would be really disconcerting for an enemy to see these giant bumblebee things triangulating around their position.

Seems like this stuff could be as revolutionary at the regular infantry level as JDAMs and stealth bombers were at a more stategic level.

For all the talk of a "broken" army and all, it seems to me like the US is quietly and persistently widening the gap between us and potential adversaries.

Call me crazy but I like Darth Rumsfeld.

10:09 AM, February 23, 2006  
Anonymous Martin said...

I like this robot a good deal better--much more sophisticated technology:

12:37 PM, February 23, 2006  

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