The attack by a swarm of cheap home-made drones on a Russian airbase on Jan 5th 2018 is just the start. Small drones are already transforming the battlefield; US forces have used thousands of lethal SwitchBlade drones in Afghanistan, but ISIS used large numbers of grenade-dropping drones in Mosul, Russian separatists blew up a billion-dollar ammunition dump in the Ukraine in 2017 with a bomb dropped from an octocopter. And drone evolution is accelerating.
Swarm Troopers is an entertaining and highly informative account by technology journalist David Hambling on the past, present and future of unmanned aircraft -- and how swarms of small drones could be the ultimate weapon.
A drone revolution is on the way, as swarming software allows a single operator to control large numbers of drones, and smartphone technology means they can be built for $1,000 each. Terrorists will use them as much as armies.
Swarm Troopers looks at the history of drone warfare, the rise of big drones like the Predator and how they are being eclipsed by smaller unmanned aircraft. And how the future is being shaped by consumer electronics, swarm software, miniaturised munitions and energy-harvesting that allows small drones to fly forever.
It also looks at why current air defence cannot stop the swarms, and what drone swarms will mean for the balance of power and future wars.
Swarm Troopers are coming. Are we ready for them?
"Military readers the world over should find this a highly relevant title" -- Andy Kay, Soldier magazine
"Swarm Troopers represents a good basic primer and introduction to this emerging threat — and new Army capability — area" - 'Infantry' magazine.
"A First-rate, non-technical overview of a rather frightening subject - 9/10" - Andrew May, FT
Visit the website http://www.swarm-troopers.com/ for the latest on small drones, from ISIS' first use of explosive suicide drones to China's million-drone Christmas, and a home-made flamethrowing drone