Every day we have more use of drones in our daily lives and we can get them very easily either online or in a physical store. But what is a drone? A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle.
We will talk about the use of this technology in the military field, the aim of which is to get the best out of the enemy and sacrifice the least. Among the utilities that can be made available to him in this area, we can see his use in tactical reconnaissance, surveillance or electronic warfare, among others.
There are times when a defensive strategy requires the use of drones as decoys to trick your opponents into launching an attack from a different direction. In the past, the use of bait was not easy and, despite the risk associated with such missions, often required that at least one soldier be on the plane. However, this becomes much easier as UAVs and UACVs can be controlled remotely.
The payload and accuracy of UACVs play a crucial role in the effectiveness of a combat drone in an assault mission so that the drone does not miss the target or achieve the desired impact. Currently, the Predator C Avenger, Heron TP and MQ-9B SkyGuardian are the most popular combat drones that are equipped with the necessary hardware capabilities. While GA-ASI’s Predator C Avenger can carry a payload of 2948 kg, the Heron TP can handle a maximum of 2,700 kg, which is still impressive as it can last up to 30 hours. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian can withstand a maximum payload of 1,814 kg and can fly for up to 40 hours in strategic operation. The key to getting the most out of these combat drones is using the correct flight control mechanism to manage them.
Defense forces must continuously monitor the movements of their enemies and assess what is life threatening. However, when using unmanned vehicles, there are several ways to use this technology to evaluate and analyze enemy movements. In addition, it can be used to determine where the soldiers are, to establish communication with them, or to convey useful information.
Technology plays a vital role in managing unmanned aerial vehicles and UACVs that are controlled remotely over different areas and under different weather conditions. For this reason, it is important to use a flight control mechanism that is compatible with the best of navigation solutions. With technologies such as real-time kinematics (RTK) it is now possible to achieve a very high level of precision. The key, however, is to use the best navigation and flight control solutions that are compatible with each other and can be sustained despite continuous innovation in the field.
Although there are many advantages to its use, such as securing human life, it also has its weaknesses. These points include the ability to provide trajectory information and images when the drone is shot down, which the enemy can use to create a defense or attack plan to gain an advantage.
Another argument most often used by the critics of drones is the collateral damage, when deadly attacks have not gone wrong and are almost never recognized by the forces commanding the mission. Countries have very strict protocols in this area that are expected to work and criteria of proportionality, necessity and appropriateness are applied. (Roberto Barbosa, DLTCode consultant)
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