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A seeming innocuous US Naval Research Laboratory solicitation for a contractor to support work on advanced electronic-attack concepts and technologies includes as one of the tasks designing and testing advanced unmanned EW vehicles "to maximise efficiency in the low Reynolds number flight regime".Low Reynolds number means a small vehicle - are they thinking about swarms of micro- or nano- air vehicles jamming radars?The overall task is to help NRL evaluate, develop and field-test electronic countermeasures techniques for use against advanced weapon-control radars and seekers, particularly imaging systems, such as synthetic-aperture and millimeter-wave radars, and radars with advanced electronic protection.One of the sub-tasks is to develop ways to control networks of sensor and jammer nodes using rule-based algorithms to enable the individual nodes to sort through the data and make decisions. And the third task - UAV design and development - suggests those nodes could be expendable decoys or unmanned aircraft.
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