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Artist’s Concept
The Gremlins Program Fact Sheet
DARPA Gremlins Timeline
Phase 1. Preliminary studies to pave the way for a proof-of-concept flight demonstration that validates an air recovery concept for multiple Gremlins. Four companies were awarded Phase 1 contracts in 2016
Phase 2. Technology maturation. Two companies were awarded Phase 2 contracts in 2017.
Phase 3. Demonstrate the ability to launch multiple Gremlins air vehicles and safely recover them onto a C-130 aircraft by the end of 2019. One company will be awarded the Phase 3 contract in 2018.
Dynetics is developing low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems (UASs) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Gremlins program. Gremlins will be launched from existing military aircraft while out of range of adversary defenses. The Gremlins architecture enables other critical technologies such as advanced payloads, autonomous operations, and distributed battle management of swarming systems. When Gremlins complete their mission, a C-130 transport aircraft retrieves them in the air and transports them to a base of operations where ground crews refurbish and prepare them for their next use within 24 hours.
The Dynetics Gremlins architecture enhances the operational flexibility and effectiveness of U.S. military air operations and provides recoverable flight test platforms for advanced payload research. Dynetics is positioned to successfully complete the DARPA program and rapidly transition this important capability to the US military.
The Gremlins program explores numerous advanced technical areas, including:
▪ Airborne recovery of multiple air vehicles at high rates
▪ Low-cost, limited-life airframe designs
▪ Operational safety for execution of high risk Gremlins missions
The program will culminate in a compelling demonstration of a complete system that can quickly transition to multiple applications for the U.S. military.
Fast Facts
Airborne Recovery Technology:
A safe, repeatable approach that can be adapted to multiple types of air vehicles and recovery aircraft.
A Transitionable System:
The Dynetics Gremlins system is an open-architecture design that fits within the existing logistical infrastructure of the U.S. Air Force with no peculiar support equipment.

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