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Report: Marines Look to Adopt Loitering Munitions

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The U.S. Marine Corps intends to arm front-line troops with suicide drones, also called loitering munitions, to help them perform missions in austere locations beyond a striking range of manned aerial platforms, Marines Corps Times reported Saturday.

The service branch envisions deploying swarms of up to 15 suicide drones each under the control of a single marine and the operator possessing a capacity to manage close-air support and electronic warfare operations.

USMC sought input from industry in April about the availability of a pneumatic launched suicide drone system that could travel 37 miles for two hours.

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