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Pentagon’s SCO Experiments With Autonomous Tech For Air Force, Marine Corps

perdixThe Defense Department‘s strategic capabilities office has experimented with autonomous technologies that SCO aims to transition to the U.S. Air Force and the Marine Corps, Defense News reported Sunday.

Aaron Mehta writes SCO Director William Roper’s team is developing Perdix — an unmanned system designed to be hand-launched or deployed from fighter aircraft to connect with other Perdix units and create a swarm of small unmanned systems.

The report said Roper expects DoD to decide next year on whether to hand over Perdix to the Air Force.

SCO also funds the development of a kit that works to transform USMC supply vessels into coast surveillance vessels after Marines have gathered supplies, according to the publication.

Roper expects that the kit will be developed and tested for two more years before the program’s potential transition to the Marine Corps, Mehta wrote.

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