Home / DoD / William Roper: DoD to Develop Swarming Micro-Drone Tech for Air Force

William Roper: DoD to Develop Swarming Micro-Drone Tech for Air Force

William Roper, Defense Department‘s director of the strategic capabilities office, said the department currently develops a swarming micro-drone technology that will be used to support the military’s swarm mission capacity, National Defense reported Thursday.

Jon Harper writes the Perdix propeller-driven drones will be equipped with foldable wings built through 3-D printed parts and will be used as a surveillance asset to be matured and transitioned to the U.S. Air Force by the end of fiscal year 2017.

“There is nothing like this right now in inventory — a tactical aircraft that can dispense a little expendable, fly-low surveillance asset,” noted Roper.

The report noted that more than 500 test flights have been conducted on the Perdix technology and Roper’s office currently develops the seventh-generation version of the technology.

Check Also

GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *