In a case of life imitating art, the U.S. Navy officially announced the release of technology put into video games years ago – and it may just revolutionize the war against terror.
Called Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology program (LOCUST), the device launches up to 30 drones per minute from a launcher tube. Once airborne, the autonomous drones begin communicating with each other and fly to their objective.
Sharing data between each other, the LOCUST drones are then able to swarm their target.
This constantly moving swarm of drones can provide troops on the ground with real time visual and signals intelligence of their target and surrounding environment.
In what is sure to remind video gamers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the LOCUST drones can also act as a “hunter-killer” drone and strike an individual target directly.
For anyone unfamiliar with the “Hunter Killer Swarm” concept, here’s a video of it in action, from the video game: