Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) expects to soon fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with new software designed to allow legacy systems to communicate and operate with higher levels of autonomy.
DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) is, as the name suggests, all about software code. It hopes to enable legacy autonomous systems to collaborate in challenging environments, such as those with significant jamming or multiple target sets, via new software and algorithms.
CODE is being ‘integrated’ on a number of UAVs and autonomous systems, and the Pentagon expects to fly with it on an older Tiger Shark UAV in about 12 months, Todd Fanciullo, who manages the CODE programme for contractor Raytheon, told IHS Jane’s on 11 May at the Pentagon.