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Military Drones Changing the Game
« on: May 08, 2022, 11:58:05 AM »
Just an observation on how drones will change the game of military spending.

Most countries try to maintain both an army and air force of some sort.  But for small countries drones are going to replace expensive aircraft in both the close air support and recon roles for low to medium intensity fighting.  This is a technology that is fast becoming cheaper and more deadly.  The proof is in Ukraine.

You don't need as many big expensive air fields.  Training pilots is expensive.  Buying and maintaining aircraft is expensive.  Support personnel cost.  Smaller nations, even developed nations like Denmark, Belgium, Norway can only afford to buy a handful of new multi role fighter bombers at a time.  F-35's are almost unreachable in price.  For even smaller nations that cannot afford air forces like the Baltics, drones can give them an air to ground attack capability they didn't have 5 years ago.  It puts them in the game at least in a small way.

On the plus side every infantry unit can carry a cheap drone for scouting.

Drones are not yet replacing fighter aircraft in the air to air role although that may happen someday.  But for tactical air to ground they are rapidly making whole classes of attack aircraft obsolete (A-10's, attack helicopters etc.) for everything but the highest intensity warfare.  And even there you can do a lot of damage with a lot of attack drones on your side.

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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2022, 03:23:21 PM »
I've been seeing articles and interviews with (mostly retired) generals arguing much the same, though also much broader - drones and other tech. I can try to dig some out of my feeds if you want.

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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2022, 08:58:05 PM »
>articles

I've probably read some of those EG.  Some talk about really expensive systems like drones that fly along with future jet fighters and are under the manned plane's control.  But the action is going to be on the low end.


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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2022, 01:07:08 AM »
I'm thinking of ones talking more about things like asymmetric warfare, consumer-grade drones, cyber warfare, etc

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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2022, 12:40:34 PM »
Lockheed working on expendable, advanced drones to team up with US Air Force fighters

https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2022/07/17/lockheed-working-on-expendable-advanced-drones-to-team-up-with-us-air-force-fighters/

Debbie: Just a few steps away from replacing fighter pilots entirely.

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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2022, 05:41:45 PM »
>team up with

I'm with Debbie. They're just being polite, for now.

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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2022, 01:36:36 PM »
Every branch of the U.S. military is struggling to meet its 2022 recruiting goals, officials say
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/every-branch-us-military-struggling-meet-2022-recruiting-goals-officia-rcna35078

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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2022, 09:22:42 PM »
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When I lived in Switzerland, they were in the process of re-evaluating the universal military service requirement. They decided to keep it, but divided recruits into Soldier A and Soldier B. The PR for this was hilarious. Soldier A was hard, lean, looked ready to join Seal Team 6 and was shown in what looked like a combat situation. Soldier B was kitted out in shorts, a bit pudgy and shown at the beach handing out pamphlets about AIDS.


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Re: Military Drones Changing the Game
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2022, 03:14:22 PM »
That's a big drone you got there...

US Navy robotic minesweeper ship declared operational
https://newatlas.com/military/us-navy-robotic-minesweeper-ship-declared-operational/