Looking at the devastating use of unmanned aircraft in the fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the battle for the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, experts warn that drone swarms would overwhelm the British army.
Drone swarms would overwhelm the British Army experts warn
Azerbaijan has acquired new unmanned aircraft, trainers, and advisers from Israel and Turkey. Cheap, small drones are flown in swarms, and mixed among them are heavier drones armed with precision-guided munitions, the Evening Standard reports.
“The British Army probably would find it hard to cope with the mix of drone swarms and the armed drones now being used there,” said Professor Mike Clarke, one of the UK’s leading strategists.
“The proper use of drones as in these attacks is devastating. A strike brigade like that of the British Army might not last an afternoon. The whole issue of drones is now crucial.”
The unmanned aircraft target Armenian tanks and armored vehicles with pinpoint accuracy.
“The fighting there now shows how deadly the close battle involving direct fire has become,” a senior British Army source said this week.
While the RAF and the British Army are buying new drones in the United Kingdom, the way in which this new technology is used in the Caucasus has surprised military experts.
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