DARPA Gremlins UAS-Recovery Tests to Continue In 2021 Written 16 December 2020

Dynetics X-61A during its maiden flight 23 November 2019 | DARPA; Wikipedia; Public Domain

The Military Embedded Systems reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency “announced that in recent tests, a number of X-61A Gremlins unmanned aerial systems (UASs) failed to link up in flight with a recovery system installed on a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, but that they were actually close to success on multiple occasions.” The project will perform another round of capture attempts in 2021, according to DARPA. The goal of the Gremlins program “is to demonstrate air launch and air recovery of four Gremlin small UASs within 30 minutes, with the success proving that safe, effective, and efficient air recoveries will dramatically expand the potential uses of unmanned air vehicles in contested situations.
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