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Swarms of UAV: a successful experiment for Leonardo and the Royal Air Force
Swarms of UAV: a successful experiment for Leonardo and the Royal Air Force

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Swarms of UAV: a successful experiment for Leonardo and the Royal Air Force

Italian industrialist Leonardo and the Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force conducted experiments on UAV swarms.

Electronic Warfare

Leonardo announced that, in partnership with the Royal Air Force, he conducted tests last July on UAV swarms. UAVs carrying BriteCloud decoys developed by the Italian manufacturer were used and were able to collaborate. Several British small and medium sized businesses were involved on the project, and in a few months a demonstration could be held.

 

Saturation of enemies defences

Equipped with jamming systems, drones had been deployed in order to study their capacity to saturate enemy defence systems. This operation was successful for both Leonardo and the Royal Air Force, who hope, basing on this experimentation, in order to carry on their R & D in the fields of UAV swarms, an axis considered as a priority by the British defence.

 

Collaborating

If only each drone could act independently in its jamming action, the aircraft could communicate, notably through the BriteCloud system in order to maximize the effects and adopt the best jamming strategy to defeat the adversary, represented by ground radars. The longer-term ambition is to be able to disrupt the radars reproducing the signature of a fighter aircraft and thus prevent the ground system from locating the fighter's position. These researches will probably beneficiate to Tempest Program, in which UK and Italy participate.

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