“Drone Hell”: US threatens to attack China with thousands of drones in case of invasion of Taiwan

According to the American admiral, many unmanned systems (surface, underwater and air drones) will be used.

If China invades Taiwan, it could face a drone army. According to the Washington Post, this plan was expressed by the Indo-Pacific Commander of the US Armed Forces, Admiral Samuel Paparo.

The plan includes launching thousands of unmanned systems: surface, underwater and aerial drones to combat Chinese military forces as they begin to cross the Taiwan Strait. Drones will be used as the first line of defense.

“Using a series of secret abilities, I want to turn the Taiwan Strait into an unmanned Hell,” Paparo said, “I can make their lives completely miserable for a month, which will give me time to do everything else.”

Such a strategy would require large investments in cheap and reliable drones; This is what the United States is doing through the Replicator initiative. Last year, the Department of Defense officially announced the program, a long-term plan to deploy thousands of autonomous systems.

In March, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the Pentagon planned to spend $1 billion on the Replicator this fiscal year. According to Hicks, the Replicator program aims to counter China. The U.S. Army will need more ships, more missiles and more people, she said.

The previous commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command said last year that US unmanned capabilities would become an asymmetric advantage, Business Insider wrote. The operational concepts the US military is working on will help increase America’s advantage in the field, he said, adding that the new strategy is called Hellscape, which can be translated as “hellscape” or “hell scene”.

Paparo’s announcements about the Hellscape strategy came on the heels of the PLA’s large-scale military exercises around Taiwan, in which it surrounded the island and demonstrated the ability of different forces to work together.

The exercise showed Taiwan and the United States how quickly and easily China can impose a blockade. After the drill was completed, Paparo described what it was like.

“We observed this. We learned from it. They helped us prepare for the future,” the Admiral emphasized.

Source: Focus


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