By Tyler Durden
While unmanned aerial vehicles like the multi-million dollar General Atomics MQ-1 Predator are armed with missiles, a new generation of low-cost “kamikaze” drones are changing the battlefield.
The US military fears that these inexpensive and deadly drones could shift the global strategic balance away from the US on the modern battlefield.
To counter such emerging threats, the Army decided to conduct a field exercise with “a swarm of 40 quadcopters, all equipped with cameras, MILES and lethal munitions,” the commanding general of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin tweeted.
The startling video (tweeted Sunday night) shows the quadcopters whizzing through what appears to be a makeshift desert town. There was no on-site confirmation, although it could have been at the Fort Irwin training facility in Southern California. There was also no confirmation of when the exercise was conducted.
At sunrise this morning, a swarm of 40 quadcopters, all equipped with cameras, MILES and lethal ammunition, took off ahead of the 11th ACR’s attack on a prepared 1AD defense. Drones will be as important in the first battle of the next war as artillery is today. pic.twitter.com/zPQ2I8SoqN
— NTC Lead 6 (@NTCLead6) September 11, 2022
“Drones will be as important in the first battle of the next war as artillery is today,” concluded the Army’s Twitter account.
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Perhaps the army discovered that the same quadcopters bought from Amazon were powerful tools in the war against Russia in Ukraine. The armament of such drones is even more powerful, as some have been turned into suicide drones.
The Pentagon has delivered over 700 Switchblade “Kamikaze” military drones to Ukraine. The future of warfare seems clear to the army: small suicide drones for precision strikes will be necessary on any modern battlefield.
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