Thursday, January 4, 2018

US Army developing missile-loaded ‘Gremlin’ drones

The drones, named gremlins, are expected to be ready for field demonstrations early next year. America's Gremlins drone programme dates back to 2015, and was named after the mythical flying imps that British Spitfire pilots in the Second World War blamed for mechanical problems on combat missions.

Flocks of the pilotless drones could be launched from modified fighter jets, bombers, and transport planes, and will be able to return to 'the mothership' after smashing their targets. Experts believe each gremlin would cost about $700,000
Dynetics, of Alabama, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the San Diego-based developer of the Predator drone, were charged with developing models of the gremlin drone, which will have a 300-mile range and 60lb payload.