Gremlin is a low-cost, reusable unmanned aircraft designed to be used in swarms.
Phase III of programme has now started according to reports.
Gremlins will be launched from existing military aircraft while out of range of adversary defences say Dynetics, the company behind them.
The Gremlins architecture enables other critical technologies such as advanced payloads, autonomous operations, and distributed battle management of swarming systems. When Gremlins complete their mission, a C-130 transport aircraft retrieves them in the air and transports them to a base of operations where ground crews refurbish and prepare them for their next use within 24 hours.
Dynetics Gremlins Timeline:
- March 2016:Dynetics was one of four companies awarded a Phase 1 contract for preliminary studies to pave the way for a proof-of-concept flight demonstration that validates an air recovery concept for multiple Gremlins.
- March 2017:Dynetics advanced to Phase 2—Technology Maturation, in which we develop a detailed system design and mature technologies that are critical to achieving the challenging goals of Gremlins.
- May 2018:Dynetics was selected as the top performer to finalize the design and ultimately demonstrate the ability to launch Gremlins air vehicles and then safely recover them onto a C-130 aircraft.