The technology of swarming – drones deployed in squadrons, able to think independently and operate as a pack – is in its infancy, but armed forces around the world, including in the UK, are investing millions of pounds in its development.
According to analysts, drone swarms of the future, could have the capacity to assess targets, divide up tasks and execute them with limited human interaction. Analysts predict, we might see rudimentary versions of the technology in use within a decade. That might include swarms of drones operating on multiple different frequencies, so they are more resistant to jamming or swarms, that can block or shoot down multiplethreats more quickly than the human brain can process.
Drones are a cheap way to boost the sheer size of a force.