British defence scientists have received £3.5m to help develop smarter missile systems, aiming for inter-missile communication to tackle future threats.
If the project is successful, the UK Armed Forces could see a network of co-operating missile systems within five years.
Known as the Co-operative Strike Weapons Technology Demonstrator, the programme could mean a software upgrade enabling greater responsiveness and flexibility when the weapons are called to action.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will lead the project but has partnered with arms manufacturer MBDA, which will develop the new missile systems.
"Currently missiles can communicate with the launch platform but not each other," said a Dstl scientist.
"The aim of this programme is to investigate how inter-missile communication and co-operative behaviours can be technically achieved to solve UK military challenges."
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Currently, military tactics and scenarios are being studied to inform the demonstration.
The programme has been live since April and is expected to last for just over two years.
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