Drones are to play a key role in the future of British defence, according to secretary of state Gavin Williamson.
During a speech at the Royal United Services Institute, Williamson described how he wanted to ‘embrace new technology.’
He committed to use the Transformation Fund to develop swarm squadrons of network enabled drones if needed in warfare.
The UAVs would be used in scenarios to confuse the enemy and overwhelm their air defences.
Williamson said: “To complement leading edge technology from F35, I have decided to use the Transformation Fund to develop swarm squadrons of network enabled drones capable of confusing and overwhelming enemy air defences. We expect to see these ready to be deployed by the end of this year.”
He went on to comment on how he feels that as a player on a global scale, the UK must have defence mechanisms at the forefront of technology.
The member for South Staffordshire added: “The UK is a global power with truly global interests. A nation with the fifth biggest economy on the planet. A nation with the world’s fifth biggest Defence budget and the second largest Defence exporter.”
He continued: “Since the new Global Great Game will be played on a global playing field, we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home.”