Washington DC: The US Defense Research Organization (DARPA) has begun work on a new long-range drone, which will be equipped with missiles and can be released from a plane flying high.
Preliminary work and design contracts for the long shot have been awarded to three major companies. These include General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
In this regard, the DARPA press release states that the purpose of the ‘Long Shot’ unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) is to ensure long-range access and success of the air mission as well as to protect ‘valuable aircraft and pilots’ from damage.
Another similar drone project, called the Gremlin, is nearing completion. It is possible that these two projects will be merged in the future as their goals are more or less the same.
According to DARPA Program Manager, Lt. Col. Paul Calhoun, drones built under the long-shot program will be able to use both current and sophisticated surface-to-air weapons, which will lead to American superiority on the battlefield and Will also be stable.