Four firms, including fighter jet manufacturer Lockheed Martin, have been brought on board by Pentagon security agency DARPA to turn the idea of low-cost reusable decoys, capable of jamming enemy radar, into a reality.
The unmanned aircraft are part of a strategy named after mischievous mythical devils that were said to bring down aircraft. The idea of gremlins destroying the inner workings of enemy planes became a symbol of good luck for the Royal Air Force during World War II.
DARPA are hoping to take that disruptive spirit and apply it to a series of probes designed to minimize the risk to US fighter pilots, while maximizing enemy costs during combat missions.
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