The U.S. Navy is experimenting with unmanned missile launches and something called “super swarms.” The project is called Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21, or UsX IBP 21. Catchy.
The tests will be run through April 26 in California. They will launch missiles from a navy vessel as well as from MQ-8 Fire Scout drone helicopters. They will also test something called the Vanilla Unmanned, which is a land-and-sea vessel that can operate by remote.
The Navy has been pretty secretive about these experiments, for obvious reasons, but the Admiral in charge did say that he was interested to see how these various vessels could work together as a swarm on targets that are “well beyond line of sight.”