Swarm Drones: Attacker’s Delight, Defender’s Nightmare
Lt Gen (Dr) V K Saxena (Retd), PVSM, AVSM, VSM

Ever since the emergence of the unmanned phenomenon, the warfare has never been the same. Starting from their very humble beginnings of giving the war-fighter the marginally incremental capability to ‘look around the corner and over the hill’ the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have come to impact every dimension of war fighting today.

Slowly growing wings from their initial ‘look-see’ avatar, the UAS have earned for themselves, an awesome recognition that goes by the trio of words –‘dull, dirty and dangerous’. This is in acceptance of their deadly combat virtues of all-terrain all-mission capability, phenomenal endurance stretching from hours to days to weeks to months and a payload capability that will give a run for their money to the manned platforms - all this with no crew fatalities, no combat fatigue and no ‘motivation blues’.

The UAS did not stop at dull, dirty, dangerous, these machines geared up into a deadly combination called ‘Manned and Unmanned Teaming’ or MUMT for short. MUMT ushered a paradigm qualitative enhancement in the capability of the air warrior as it combined the intellect, intuition, decision making capability and tolerance for ambiguity of the combat pilot with the deadly target acquisition and kill capability of the UAS.


Excellent and concise report. Thanks


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