16 septembre 2022 | International, Aérospatial

Lockheed investing $100M into F-35 controlled combat drones under ‘Project Carrera’

“The underlying behaviors, the autonomy, the way in which the rest of the ecosystem works together — that is exactly what we want to uncover in these series of experiments, to understand how you would actually field this type of capability," said a Lockheed executive.

https://breakingdefense.com/2022/09/lockheed-investing-100m-into-f-35-controlled-combat-drones-under-project-carrera/

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