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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

DARPA wants an army of drones to overwhelm the enemy

US air warfare superiority has always been a constant, but the nation's pricey, complex new fighter jets can't dominate the air if they can't get there.

Even the military's science arm, DARPA, said that "US military systems today are often too expensive... (and) are obsolete by the time they become operational." Ouch.

But DARPA is at least doing something about the problem. It's developed a project called the System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) with the aim of nothing less than completely overhauling US military air power.

To do that, it wants to build open systems that help drones, missiles, "mission truck" planes and fighter jets work together.

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