"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
An entertaining, informative and sometimes terrifying account by technology journalist David Hambling on the past, present and future of unmanned aircraft -- and how swarms of small drones might just be the ultimate weapon.
Small unmanned aircraft are already transforming warfare, with US forces deploying thousands of hand-launched scouts like the Raven and lethal tactical drones like Switchblade. ISIS has started using home-made kamikaze drones in Syria.
A bigger 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 -- by anybody, not just governments.
This book 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 smartphone technology, 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.
The Swarm Troopers are coming. Will we be ready for them?
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