a reply to: anzha
There are many types of swam drone in development, smaller, faster and more manoeuvrable than a piloted aircraft they are the undoubted future of
How long before, if they have not already done so that is,
we see smart guided micro munition's that can be packaged in a missile then separate from it over a target location and each small tiny drone home in
on any target carrying a gun, a micro missile smart guidance swarm delivered to hostile location's and able to depopulate them with little or no
Such is well within our current technical capability's it is just down to the software implementation, then there is instead of fighters even smaller
anti-fighter/anti-bomber drone swarm's and anti missile drone swarm's that could not only home in on a target but mob it in flight overcoming it's
countermeasures by area saturation.
Discreet drone fighters like the predator and the teranis will have a limited life in favour of these ever small and more capable drone swarm's
system's which are able to tie there system's together and fly in far more complex formation than human pilot's ever could and instead of a flight of
two or three you will see flight's of hundred's and even thousand's like a flock of birds.
It is a branch of technology which may even (potentially) breath new life into the air craft carrier concept as a drone swarm delivery platform for
re-usable drone technology's or long range drone delivery system's (were they would be air launched from the larger drone delivery system near to
there target location).
Of course as there power/fuel to range ratio increases as technology expands even further not only will they get smaller and more discreet, cheaper
as well but also have much longer duration so even the drone delivery idea has only a limited shelf life but as a human control facility it does still
You can imagine the reaction if in a hypothetical scenario China thinking it was one of the big boy's now suddenly found it's sky filled with hard to
shoot down, impossible to catch micro drone swarm's that could destroy both it's ICBM's and it's air craft in minute's but it is not an impossible
scenario and indeed one that would even worry the Russian's as they found there dead hand system virtually useless against such capability.
I do wonder though if this is like the old story of Frank Whittle and his jet engine and the old brass thinking it was not needed so the UK got it's
jet fighter perhaps ten years later than it may have had, how long would the German war machine have lasted if the RAF top brass and Whitehall over
here in the UK had been more forward sighted and leaped on the idea, not very long at all as once the German air superiority was removed they had to
fight conventional and there blitz tactic's failed as was shown by the Russian fighter's destroying German tank formation's in Russia after the
German's lost there air superiority.
If so you will see drones but they will remain slow in the implementation as both some in the military resist there uptake and the civilians whom are
supposed to fund them argue about cost's as usual.
Then again in the US the NAVY has always looked into advanced technology's so they will quite likely surprise us if given sufficient funding.