Drones: The Game Changers in Future Wars

Indian Defence Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2015

S. Gopal, Adjunct Faculty, ISSSP, NIAS

IDR LogoDown the ages weapons of war have become increasingly lethal providing an operational edge to the side which possessed technological superiority. World War I witnessed the introduction of aircraft that were employed as a platform initially for reconnaissance and later for bombing, aerial combat and chemical warfare. In World War II, the use of aircraft to shatter the morale of adversaries proved to be a game changer. This was witnessed in the bombing of London by Nazi planes, the devastation of Dresden by the British and the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US that led to surrender by Japan. The game changer for any future war will be the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as “drones”.

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