5 juin 2023 | International, Aérospatial

US Marines are developing air-launched swarming munitions for helos

The Marines want long-range loitering munitions to launch from their helicopters and from the ground, as part of their Force Design 2030 modernization.

https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2023/06/05/us-marines-are-developing-air-launched-swarming-munitions-for-helos/

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