Next Generation weapons and tactics Africans should take note of (part 2)

Continue from part I

 

Drones collaboration 

A military quadcopter launching a drone

China is already home to many of the world’s leading consumer drone builders, like DIY, not to mention a booming military robotics sector. As quadcopter drones get larger, cheaper and smarter its will inevitably get armed with guns or miniature sensors to assist troops in the field.

With the introduction of newer and better propulsion systems, expect a diverse range of quadcopter UAVs to be introduced.

Autonomous warfare

Well not much is known about the possibility of this occurring but at the rate where numerous countries keeps acquiring drones and robotic systems as their first line of defense/offence then it is quite safe to say that drones will engage each other first in any likely scenario.

Drones Swarm Attack Tactics

Drones working in unison to defeat a target

In a future conflict, expect drones to work independently without human input to some certain degree. Drones would also coordinate with allied UAVs and other platform to swarm and saturate an enemy force in other to overwhelm them.

 

Unmanned Armor

Unmanned ground vehicles

Milrem’s THeMIS deFNder Medium integrated with FN Herstal’s remote weapon station (Copyright: mil.ee)

An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is a vehicle that operates without an onboard human presence. The UGV is the land-based counterpart to unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely operated underwater vehicles.

With the constant research and development in the area of human-machine interface, there is now sufficient progress to field a truly Unmanned ground vehicle.

Chinese research in this sector has shown the most promising prospect. In no distant time, we are expecting to see a new autonomous tank on the battlefield.

Unmanned combat vehicles are likely to represent a disruptive technology on the battlefield, bringing to the land domain the same technological revolution that has already occurred in the air domain.

Stealth

In aviation today stealth airplane are fast becoming the most sought after technology Stealth aircraft has the advantage of being almost invincible to some type of radar systems. An aircraft with stealth properties can penetrate most airspace easily if the defender doesn’t have a highly sophisticated air defence system.
Stealth planes are the pointy tip of most technologically developed countries and they go in first before any other non-stealthy plane can venture in. Such planes include B-2 stealth bomber. A defending country who possess stealth aircraft will likely send them up for Combat Air Patrols (CAP) over their home territory to deter enemy bombers from penetrating, this will more than likely cause two opposing stealth planes to engage in combat.

Exoskeleton

An exoskeleton Exoskeleton is a wearable mobile machine that is powered by a system of electric motors, pneumatics, levers, hydraulics, or a combination of technologies that allow for limb movement with increased strength and endurance.

An exoskeleton

An exoskeleton

The field of exoskeleton systems is continuously evolving and re-inventing itself,  Exoskeletons can also be referred to as: robotic suit, powered armor, exo-frame or exosuit, wearable machine, power jacket, etc

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