Take a look at this drone launch. Do you think that you can shoot down this drone while it is moving at 120 miles per hour? Are you that good of a skeet shooter? Are your eyes that good?
Drones are transforming the front lines in Ukraine. If an enemy drone is in the area, you are going to be attacked by that drone, or by the force that it is calling down upon your head. In war, there’s never a safe space. What if the eyes in the sky are unblinking? What happens when the hunters are also the hunted?
The drones are being used to directly attack individuals and vehicles. They are being used as spotters for artillery and airstrikes, or even for reconnaissance. This has caused the war to move into the field of electronic warfare. The people in Ukraine are not only tracking where the drones are, they are tracking where they came from. This way, drones can then be sent to the launch site to attack the enemy drone operators.
Individual troops carry early warning receivers to alert them when drones are nearby. Each side tries to jam the other’s drone using electronic warfare. They use drones to bring explosives to the other side’s jamming equipment.
This is our future. Drones are a force multiplier. For both sides. What makes drones so powerful of a force multiplier is that they are commercially available, and there are tools that will enable private citizens to cause some extreme pain to a much larger foe. Imagine the fear that an infantryman feels when he can’t sleep outside, because he knows that 24/7, even while off duty, there is an eye in the sky that is on the prowl, not only looking to target you, but to find out where you live so that your family can be targeted later.
The coming civil war will be anything but civil. The lesson here is to learn more and more about the future of drone warfare.