“Small, smart, cheap, and many” is the way Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks describes the characteristics of the drones that the Pentagon intends to put in the hands of warfighters in 18-24 months as part its Replicator drone initiative.
“Imagine flocks of ADA2 (all-domain, attritable autonomous) systems, flying at all sorts of altitudes, doing a range of missions, building on what we’ve seen in Ukraine,” Hicks said. The experience of the Ukraine conflict has been instructive, said Hicks. “We’ve seen in Ukraine what low-cost, attritable systems can do.”
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