Low Cost Drones as Tactical Force Multipliers

As UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) prices decrease we see a dramatic increase in military use of UAVs in recent years, as time goes on drones are becoming more weaponized than ever before.

26.05.2021 08:41

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As UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) prices decrease we see a dramatic increase in military use of UAVs in recent years, as time goes on drones are becoming more weaponized than ever before.

The first recorded testing of non-balloon UAVs for military purposes was in the first world war as an “aerial torpedo” that achieved steering using gyroscopes, capable of striking a target in a radius of 40 miles with a payload of 180 lbs (82 kg) this crude technology was a precursor to the modern cruise missile.

As time passed, technological advances have allowed UAVs to become “smarter” and more capable – having greater precision, capable of carrying heavier payloads and becoming more versatile, so versatile that during the cold war some reconnaissance missions where sent out using unmanned vehicles to avoid risking pilots in high risk missions.

During the war on terror the use of striker UAVs became prolific as smarter and smarter armaments have become smaller, cheaper and more lethal than ever before.

Today there are new use cases for UAVs, specifically small (and relatively) inexpensive drones – tactical recon and suicide drones, American and Israeli military forces have been testing and using these kinds of drones for the past couple of years as tools for tactical forces deployed in operational settings in multiple conflict zones.

The ability to deploy a drone before moving ground forces in high population areas saves lives as maps only show the battlefield as relatively static and are used more for strategic purposes as opposed to live video feed from a drone that shows you the current state of the battlefield and gives a deeper understanding of the current state of the battlefield, detection and identification of enemy units are becoming more accessible to front line commanders – who become less dependent on multi-million dollar UAVs that don’t always get allocated to the field units that need them, and that’s without even mentioning the amount of lives saved from enemies popping out of unexpected\unknown locations,

Furthermore, the use of explosive drones has the potential of neutralizing enemies without the need for exposing one’s self to enemy fire, worst case scenario – drone gets shot down, soldier get a new one in a couple of hours and the fight goes on.

There is a case to be made for sending out drones to bait enemies to reveal their location if used with gunshot indication systems, I reckon this tactic might be highly effective against snipers, if they take the bait (which depending on the enemy -probably will).

In May 2020, at least ten suicide drones have been used in internal clashes in Libya (reported by Al-Byda), the use of these kinds of weapons is something everyone should keep an eye on.

The use of these drones shows a shift in mindset towards a device that five years ago was considered by many only a toy\harmless hobby (this type of armament reminds me of times IED’s where planted in teddy bears) I assume its only a matter of time until explosive drones are used to terrorize innocent civilians.

In early 2019 American officials warned of Iranian drones being supplied to Shi’ite militias in Iraq with high reconnaissance abilities and drones capable of dropping explosive devices, these types of drones have already found their way to the hands of Iranian backed militias In Yemen and Iraq.

The expanding distribution of drones shows that the Iranian regime has recognized that low cost drones are assets, that should be used, even by disorganized low capability units armed with the bare minimum of equipment.

A new type of drone that hasn’t been reported yet, though I suspect may be used is the use of jammer drones (capable of GPS jamming\spoofing) that can have major consciences if left undetected by target of such kinds of attacks.

Small drones as a force multiplier is a concept that is bound to become real in the near future and should be looked into as a high capability platform to build on, KD-ICT provides solutions aimed at dealing with these kinds of threats and is capable of providing know-how to governments and military forces all over the world.

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