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new drone master plan video from Darpa

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At first it looks like a great way to reduce airframe costs dramatically - then you read they have built in redundancy and are supposed to only survive 20 missions(!) - so lots and lots of lucrative contracts to build thousands of them.  :rolleyes:

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I think 20 is an optimistic estimate because many will be lost if there will be real AA weapons protecting targets.
But even 10 missions would be 10 times more than current missiles.
And no human pilots will be lost even if some drone is destroyed.
And of course a large number of attacking drones is difficult to suppress. Usually defenders have a limited number of air defense missiles to use.

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