The US Army plans to deploy a squadron of 30 drones over a desert in Utah as part of a 2022 exercise later this month.
The squadron will be launched from various aircraft and ground vehicles, and will be the largest group of drones the US military has ever tested.
Among the drones in the squadron will be the Unmanned System 600 (ALTIUS 600), and the Raytheon UAV.
The plan is to use networked drones to sense, detect, identify and potentially strike enemy positions before the helicopters reach the scene.
The squadron will autonomously survey vast terrain, feed video and targeting information to manned platforms.
The drones will carry active capabilities, equipped with photoelectric or infrared imaging cameras, electronic jamming equipment, or a powerful warhead to launch strikes on enemy targets.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tested a similar concept last year, based on the deployment of small units to squadrons of drones.