Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) communicated this Friday to have achieved for the first time the recovery of an X-61A drone by a Hercules C-130 transport plane in mid-flight.
As detailed, the tests took place in Utah last month. The recovered drone was reconditioned by the team and made a second flight in 24 hours.
“This recovery was the culmination of years of hard work and demonstrates the feasibility of a safe and reliable air recovery. Such capability will likely be critical for future air operations,” said Gremlins program manager Paul Calhoun.
The goal of the technology is to develop swarms of reusable, low-cost and low-maintenance drones that could fulfill missions of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, attack and even destruction of radar and ground targets. Previously, DARPA assured that its useful life will be approximately 20 uses.
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