Drone swarms may be key to defending Taiwan

May 24, 2022

Asia Times:

The US Air Force has conducted simulations in cooperation with think tanks that reportedly showed the effectiveness of drone swarms in defending Taiwan against a possible Chinese invasion.

David Ochmanek, a defense researcher at the RAND Corporation think tank, highlighted in an online discussion last week the short time window in which US and allied forces must respond in event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. “US and allied forces may have as few as a week to 10 days to either defeat this invasion or accept the fait accompli,” he said.

Ochmanek mentioned that simulations conducted in 2020 with the Air Force’s Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC) office and RAND have shown that drone swarms using a distributed “mesh” laser data-sharing network were essential in securing a US victory…

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