Evolution of Drone Warfare on the modern battlefield FT. @Justin Taylor ​

Evolution of Drone Warfare on the modern battlefield FT. @Justin Taylor ​

From balloons over ancient cities in 1850 to the USAF MQ-9 Reaper UAV: humans have always been fascinated with autonomous war machines. The US is developing a five kilowatt laser Mobile High Energy Laser gun which can shoot down UAVs from miles away. It also has electronic warfare equipment that can jam a UAVs signal and crash it. They took out dozens of drones in their tests.

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The first examples of what could be considered modern use of drone technology occurred all the way back in the 1950s. In the 60s there was a large gap between the capabilities of spy planes, satellites, and low echelon ground reconnaissance. The answer to this dilemma was the Ryan 147b drone. The pentagon expressed a need for Unmanned aerial vehicles after a series of fatalities involving U.S spy planes, and wanted a way to collect ground data without risking the lives of U2 pilots, which were hard to train, and incredibly expensive to replace. It was the first unmanned aerial vehicle capable of flying over a disputed or dangerous area, gathering information with it’s built in cameras, and safely making its way back to friendly territory to be collected. While collecting information, it could also serve as a decoy against enemy AA, drop munitions on fixed targets, or drop leaflets on enemies for psychological warfare

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  1. Deadman Walking on October 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

    So easy pretending it’s just a video game. Soon though your disapplined for loosing too many drones. Money over life.

  2. K A on October 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

    How many aliens have you seen? Serious question.

  3. Andrey S on October 21, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Ukraine doesn’t have a civil war. Ukraine has a hybrid war with Russia.

  4. Thor on October 21, 2021 at 8:51 am

    13:20 Arizaban 🤔 dude that’s Azerbaijan

  5. Al Fe on October 21, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Drones are very useful, but so far USA has not fought against a well armed and well equiped enemy. Rebels and insurgents don’t have anti air missiles, that makes the drones so effective.

  6. GVGVIT1993 on October 21, 2021 at 8:53 am

    What fucking civil war in Ukraine?

  7. Buster Beagle on October 21, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Fuck with Israel and pay the price

  8. Alexis Lloyd D Alinan on October 21, 2021 at 8:55 am

    8:20 super slow propeller

  9. amierull ridzwan on October 21, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Azerbija azerbijian arghhh whatever hahahaha

  10. Zemog on October 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Some nice research and presentation, but!

    Aquila was a serious attempt at a modern drone program back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The Aquila was too ambitious for the times, featuring gimbaled Day/Optics with a laser designator on a stealthy loitering remotely piloted platform. The Israeli’s beat the US too operational use by sticking to simpler technology.

    A side note: An Israeli MI officer made a drone in like 1973 by combining a consumer film camera to a publicly available remotely piloted model plane. He used to his franken drone to confirm the Egyptian build up prior to the 1973 October War.

  11. miýwêýihtâkosiw Mahihkan on October 21, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Considering what a tank is, what it does since introduction, I do not think tanks will become obsolete anytime soon.. just deployed differently and configured, upgraded..possibly smaller, faster…one man operation combined with autonomous systems.. "Ripsaw" comes to mind, along with them other systems with .50 cals and rockets attached.. anti drone, anti personnel units.. something in line of that video game that takes place in 1980’s sweden comes to mind too… a couple of spot minis with self charging capability…L.A.W. rockets and other small arms attached..squad of five or six deployed in a platoon like fashion, ground recon and security..lightly armored… " Stealth" capable.. 40 km or more land speed..
    Well, a bit of a " pipe dream" but think by the looks of them ones patrolling certain bases, were not far off from a robot dog attack platform, or recon " first strike" unit..
    A cheap version of a spot mini that can evade detection, stay put till activated under cover.. packed full of explosives…a ground version of loitering munitions… predicting that to show up eventually.

  12. Tinker Tailor on October 21, 2021 at 9:05 am

    As for AzerGerbilStan. Yeah. That’s the right way to pronounce it.

  13. crytp0crux on October 21, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Wonderful…. Very Interesting…. Big Thanks!

  14. RMS Productions on October 21, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Lasers are great, but still need line of sight. They can’t hit anything past the horizon.

  15. RegalPlays on October 21, 2021 at 9:14 am

    what’s even funnier about the drone surrender story is that the drone was spotting targets for the USS Wisconsin. After the 1940’s battleship fired off a salvo, the Iraqis saw the drone circling overhead and knew what would soon follow, so they quickly surrendered.

  16. Karol Wroz on October 21, 2021 at 9:14 am

    You guys need to do a follow up on this episode simply to practice the pronunciation of Azerbaijan. 😂 😂 😂

  17. Aca Faca on October 21, 2021 at 9:16 am

    so how manny children did you kill whit those drohnes???

  18. Dan Johnston on October 21, 2021 at 9:16 am

    For The Low Level Conflict
    Of Civil War With Walmart Drones
    Put An Old West Style Windmill On Your House
    And Make It A Flak Tower

  19. Alexis Lloyd D Alinan on October 21, 2021 at 9:20 am

    *Drone crashes*
    "Oh no"

  20. Öğretmen on October 21, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Not “azerjabain”, its “azerBaiJan” 🤦🏻‍♂️

  21. V1489Cygni on October 21, 2021 at 9:21 am

    "the better the tech is, the lesser the effort to wreck it, the less time to see their eyes and feel sympathetic".
    Hand to hand feels barbaric; too detached from it feels "inhumane"

  22. Дмитрий Веселов on October 21, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Ukraine is a civil war in the same way Vietnam or Korea were civil wars.

  23. Jek Sixten on October 21, 2021 at 9:22 am

    This could end the Taliban in the future for sure

  24. Peter Sandell on October 21, 2021 at 9:23 am

    🇬🇧👍I approve! Live by the sword die by the sword.☠

  25. Task & Purpose on October 21, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Sorry about the audio error its fixed! Do you think drones will make the tank obsolete or are they over hyped?
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  26. codyshann on October 21, 2021 at 9:23 am

    10:55 Terrorist: Write that down! International widespread disapproval means it’s good.

  27. Reality Check on October 21, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Anyone who is against drone strikes is a complete fool. The U.S. and the West values human life over the Islamic and communist countries who regularly use suicide bombers, chemical weapons, ieds, brutal physical torture, and much more inhumane methods. I give a shit what the enemies of the USA think about our drone strikes against the terrorists. If it weren’t for the USA the world would be a true nightmare.

  28. jhjkhgjhfgjg jgjyfhdhbfjhg on October 21, 2021 at 9:25 am

    You should read "Rorvik’s War" by Geoffrey A. Landis. Short SciFi story about future of war from 1995. This short story with each year is becoming more and more real.

  29. Tinker Tailor on October 21, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Well they certainly are a very effective system for annihilating aid workers and children. Especially when paired with the right general and the right President. Righteous strike indeed.

  30. Brandon Bumpous on October 21, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Shadow operators crying rn

  31. Nebelkorona on October 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Azerjerwhat? Great video, but, um pronunciation is quite important.

  32. Jonathan Williams on October 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

    We’ll one day send someone back in time to take out the people who contributed to the unmanned drone warfare programs.

  33. Matt556 on October 21, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Td’s were supposed to be the death of the tank and so were AT guns. And tanks were supposed to be the death of infantry

  34. ichimonjiguy on October 21, 2021 at 9:32 am

    When one side had drones, and the other side didn’t, of course the battle result would be disastrous for the other side. If both sides had drones, the drone would be just like another piece of military equipment. No better No worse. To kill a tank? Only if it can live long enough and close enough. And only if it can hit the tank.

  35. Soul0 on October 21, 2021 at 9:33 am

    One thing to remember about drone use, is that at least for now. For conventional forces, there is always several humans in the mix, as to assessing potential collateral damage before ordering a strike.

    As a grunt getting shot at, this can lead to massive frustration. Especially when you have a drone operator embedded, and can watch footage of the enemy, on screen. But just like when deploying any kind of force, we have to follow the ROE (Rules of Engagement) for a given theater.

    For my deployment as a Danish Forward Observer in Helmand. Our ROE Basically stated that we couldn’t risk civilians lives, no matter what. So even while having a Positive ID on the enemy via drone. We couldn’t call in Artillery or Air assets, unless we also had PID from human assets. This was also in effect per standard, when ever we were directly under attack by either small arms or Mortars. Meaning I or others, often had to get to close for comfort, to verify enemy composition and coordinates, that I already knew to be correct, based on our Drone assets, before calling in a Firemission.
    Also meaning no firing Counter battery, based on Drone Intel or Artillery RADAR. And just having to wait out or dodge Mortar barrages, and hope for the best. Which in one instance, cost our Company CO his life.

    I’m assuming this was the case in Cappy’s area as well, since he mentions having to go on Patrol based on Eyes in the Sky.

  36. Operator 9 on October 21, 2021 at 9:34 am

    why spend billions on a jet program if you are some small country?

  37. TRENTSAVAGE 45 on October 21, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Just arm drones than can fly low to the ground with powerful anti ship missiles (hypersonic) to take out aircraft carriers and destroy naval fleets

  38. Chiller on October 21, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I’m kinda visualizing the survey given to imprisoned jihadists. I won’t go into detail so I stay out of trouble but I can imagine some pretty darkly humorous situations.

  39. Drop a nuke on usa again ! on October 21, 2021 at 9:38 am

    13:26 thats not tank and armenian army is a joke

  40. MAGAman20201107 on October 21, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Drones are "higher ground" which has been historically THE advantage in warfare. Certainly there will be anti drone technology developed but drones will adapt to that too, smaller, harder to detect and complimentary weapons systems will be developed. The newest incarnation of the F-15 as a "missile truck" for an F-35 is an example, it could also take "orders" from a drone. Information is the true KING of the battlefield. Taking the crown from artillery because they too will be relying on targeting information from drones, if they don’t already.

  41. Voornaam Achternaam on October 21, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Whats Azerjaban?

  42. Benjamin Davidovich Waals on October 21, 2021 at 9:40 am

    13:12 Karabakh is Azerbaijan
    By the way, you butchered name of my country, dude 😭😭😭

  43. Tesselator Tesselator on October 21, 2021 at 9:40 am

    If you’re into Bible scholarship, /it/ says that one day they will rule the battlefield and threaten entire civilian populations. But at the same time will be /introduced/ as non-lethal elements of civilian control.

    I guess I trust that more than my own speculations…

  44. TSi99999 on October 21, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Hopefully we can source the chips for them if the shtf. Good luck with that.

  45. David Tsiklauri on October 21, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Dislike for “Ukraine civil war”! It’s Russian invasion into Ukraine, not a civil war!!!

  46. Isaiah Belter on October 21, 2021 at 9:44 am

    I love the people that see a new technology that comes out in the Military world. They immediately jump on the bandwagon saying this will completely change everything! Tanks will be obsolete!!! In actuality. Tanks are likely to stay around for a long time. It’s only a matter of time before Tanks are outfitted with drone defenses. Hell, I’m willing to bet APDS can be modified to defend against suicide drones fairly easily. Given time and they’ll probably be able to stop drone missiles.

    I remember seeing articles and what not saying that ATGM’s will make the tank obsolete. Some even said that Helicopters will make tanks obsolete. The truth is though. Tanks are a powerhouse. Expensive but very viable. Able to protect against infantry and other tanks. You can’t convince me that a bunch of Infantrymen in a city fighting against other Infantry will be better off without a tank than with a tank.

  47. Snow Glider on October 21, 2021 at 9:45 am

    @3:22 is ME means middle-east ?

  48. skyepilotte11 on October 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Love them drones…many more dollars have to spent on drone protective measures…

  49. Scott Scammahorn on October 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Surprised you made no mention of the 09/14/2020 successful Abqaiq-Khurais drone attack on the state owned Aramco Petro facility in Saudi Arabia.

  50. Čiurka Karatistas on October 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Song ???

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