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DoD’s Replicator Drone Concept Builds on Lessons Learned in Ukraine

Small, smart, cheap and many” is how Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks describes the features of the drones the Pentagon aims to put in the hands of warfighters in 18 to 24 months as part of its Replicator drone initiative.

“Imagine flocks of ADA2 (autonomous all-domain assignable) systems, flying at all types of altitudes, performing a variety of missions, based on what we’ve seen in Ukraine,” Hicks said. The experience of the Ukraine conflict has been instructive, Hicks said. “We’ve seen in Ukraine what low-cost attritable systems can do.”

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