Mini-Drone Swarms: Their Issues and Potential in Conflict Situations

Abstract:

Drones are currently used for a wide range of operations, such as border surveillance, general surveillance, reconnaissance, transport, aerial photography, traffic control, earth observation, communications, broadcasting, and armed attacks.

This paper examines the swarming and associated abilities to overwhelm a combatant as well as bring extra functionality by means of extra sensors spread throughout the swarm. The strategy of stealth is becoming increasingly less effective. Combatants can not only sense them, but can also successfully destroy them (although this cannot be said for nano-drones). For mini-drones, objectives can be enhanced by the strategy of overwhelming.

 


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Photo of Dr. Martti Lehto

University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä
Finland

Dr. Martti Lehto, (Military Sciences), Col (GS) (ret.) works as a Professor (Cyber Security) in the University of Jyväskylä. He has over 40 years’ experience in C4ISR Systems in Finnish Defence Forces. Now, he is a cyber security and cyber defence researcher and teacher and the Pedagogical Director of the Cyber Security MSc. program. He is also adjunct professor in National Defence University in Air and Cyber Warfare. He has over 130 publications on the areas of C4ISR systems, cyber security and defence, information warfare, artificial intelligence, air power, and defence policy.

 

Photo of William (Bill) Hutchinson

Security Research Institute Edith Cowan University Perth,
Australia.

Professor Bill Hutchinson was Foundation IBM Chair in Information Security at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He was Director of SECAU (Security Research Centre) and was coordinator of the Information Operations and Security programmes. From 2000 to 2010, he was the Chief Editor and founder of the Journal of Information Warfare.

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