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(YouTube)   Footage of first F-35B nighttime take off and landing tests looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie   ( divider line
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2013-04-09 09:36:07 PM  

mikefinch: [...] The guy would be specialized and he would have extra gear. One robot would be controlled like an rc while the rest autononomsyly fed back video and data to the special coms guy who could pass on other orders to the master. I guess thats what im saying -- the swarm would maybe have to revolve around a master drone... with redundancies in the others if the master had problems...

I figure you could pass enough stuff over radio frequencies that a guy in an APC could use them like a scout while on patrol. They could peek around corners and give the guys on the ground quick and detailed info about whats out there...

This is not too far off how the existing (non-swarm) man-portable UAVs operate now.  But they are scouts, they don't carry kinetics.

In order to heft operationally significant amounts of ordnance that will last beyond a single sortie, the size of the unit has to increase a fair bit, to something Cessna [or Predator] sized.  But once you're at that size, it's no longer a man-portable/launchable unit, and needs airfield infrastructure.

This concept is probably closer to what you had in mind, and it sounds interesting, though they are single-sortie deals and don't have a "brain" drone directing them.
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