Israeli “Thor” quad-rotor drone. (Reversed from the official website of Elbit Systems)
[Compiling Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report]According to the latest issue of “New Scientist” (New Scientist), the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) used the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) when attacking the Gaza Corridor in mid-May. ) A swarm of guided combat drones. This group of small drones was used to locate, identify and attack the Palestinian militant organization “Hamas”. This is the first time the drone swarm has been put into actual combat.
Since 2019, the Israeli army has been busy deploying, testing and operating a large number of new equipment, brigade-level “multi-directional” troops composed of elite soldiers and technical experts to improve operational flexibility and firepower, including the conversion of a mortar support unit into A “Find and Destroy” (S&D) company began, equipped with autonomous drones operating in groups to gather intelligence, capture targets, and conduct precision attacks.
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According to the report, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict broke out on May 6, and this new “find and destroy” company quickly became the first military unit to operate a swarm of drones in combat. It is said that within a few days, the results were amazing. This new combat unit used drone swarms, precision weapons, and C4I (the abbreviation of command, control, communication, computer, and intelligence) integrated electronic messaging system to complete more than 30 missions. , Destroying dozens of enemy targets several kilometers outside the border, thwarting the “Hamas” commando infiltration operations, planting roadside bombs, anti-tank missile ambushes, and sniper tactics.
It is understood that Israel’s military drones that have been put into actual combat. , Including the Thor vertical take-off and landing quad-rotor UAV developed by Israeli defense company Elbit Systems, which can be used for land and sea surveillance and reconnaissance missions, powered by electricity. This kind of micro drone can fly at an altitude of 3,600 meters, and can fly normally in strong wind and heavy rain. It has a battery life of 75 minutes, a combat radius of 10 kilometers, and can carry 3 kg of ammunition.
Israel’s AI system can guide and command a group of such drones to determine the enemy’s position in a complex area within a few minutes, indicate the target, let the command post evaluate the target, strike the selected target, and perform the battle damage assessment (BDA).
With the success of these “search and destroy” companies, the Israeli Ground Force Command recommended that all conventional combat support companies be converted to “search and destroy” companies next year.
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