These U.S. fighter jets are releasing swarms of micro-drones.
They're called Perdix micro-drones, and they were originally developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Labs. The drones are meant for intelligence, surveillance and recon.
In October, 103 3-D printed drones were deployed from three F/A-18 Super Hornets.
The drones then completed "missions." The swarm was able to do collective decision-making, adaptive-formation flying and self-healing.
Self-healing is essentially the ability of a drone swarm to reconfigure its formation if one of the drones goes down.