LOCUST – Prototype Navy Drones

The LOCUST program successfully completed a series of initial test launches last month. “2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni said in a statement. And over the next decade or so, the ONR hopes to deeply integrate these highly-autonomous UAV systems like this into numerous naval platforms — from small ships and tactical vehicles to aircraft and even other, bigger drones.