In Wolves of the Apocalypse, both good (relatively) guys and bad guys use drones to gain an advantage. Real life is no different. Send in the drones!
The Army is looking at upgrading its fleets of unmanned systems, and while acknowledging that the budget for such overhauls is limited, two of the service’s top unmanned systems officials made it clear they have a wish list.
He also said he’d be interested in experimenting with putting electronic warfare technologies onto the UAV fleets, but noted that would require major studies to look into the pros and cons of adding such technology onto various unmanned vehicles.
These aren’t armies of droids you see in Star Wars, but they’re still fearsome. War is hell, and it’s about to host the rise of the machines.
The program is launching sometime this month with four drones, one of which will be used by the State Police right here in Western New York. The other three will go to State Police in Central New York, the Hudson River area, and the Capital region.
By April 2018, an additional 14 aerial drones will be deployed throughout the state.
More surveillance? Sure, why not, NYC. I can see where this would be helpful for keeping the ERTs safe, but I get nervous whenever government gets more eyes in the sky.
The autonomous micro-drones completed multiple missions, including adaptive formation flying, collective decision-making and self-healing, according to the Defense Department release.
A video display shows the cluster or swarm find a target, circle within seconds and then converge on the target simultaneously and circle it at a 100-meter radius orbit.
If this doesn’t make a chill go down your spine, then picture a swarm of flying rats attacking you. There, feel it now?
According to a Defense Department organization tasked with combating the threat of unmanned aircraft systems, there is no single solution for every drone problem that friendly forces face when fighting the Islamic State group or any other enemy who can acquire cheap, commercially available drones.
Everything from nets to signal jamming, the arms race between drone users and drone targets continues.
Here’s a fact of life you may not know: drones and eagles do not have a good relationship. In fact, more often than not, they have a really, really, really bad one.
Maybe the military should hire on some falconers for drone defense?
In executing the Army’s robotics and autonomous systems strategy born out of ARCIC and Training and Doctrine Command a year ago, the service will likely have a good idea in just a few years on how it will use robotics to decrease the soldier load and prevent battlefield surprise by being able to see over the next hilltop, Dyess explained. He noted that robots will continue to provide capabilities that are widely prevalent in operations such as bomb disposal.
Technology changes the way war is fought, won, and lost. Sadly, militaries around he world are often slow to evolve. In WWI, countries with 2oth century tech were still using 19th century tactics and strategies. This is a small step in the right direction, at least.
Author: LC Champlin
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