Navy Secretary: Drones Will Replace the F-35 Pilots
Written By: Christine Dantz
The world's going to the drones, or at least all the signs are pointing that way. This past April, the U.S. Navy's Secretary Ray Mabus, speaking at the Navy League's 2015 Sea Air Space Symposium, told the audience in National Harbor, Maryland that the Navy's trillion-dollar 5-35 program would eventually move toward an unmanned system.
"As good as it is, and as much as we need it and look forward to having it in the fleet for many years, the F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly."
“removing a human from the machine can open up room to experiment with more risk, improve systems faster and get them to the fleet quicker.”
Currently, the Navy is in the process of opening its first office dedicated to the use of drones in naval service. The office will oversee unmanned air and watercrafts.
Earlier the Nazy announced the LOw-Cost Unmanned aerial vehicle Swarming Technology (LOCUST) is a prototype tube-launched UAV. The LOCUST program will make possible the launch of multiple swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm and adversary. The video from the Nary illustrates drone technology swarming as bees protecting their hives.