We have all seen those alien movies where the big mother ship descends over a city and it’s so huge it casts a shadow over it. At first no one knows if the aliens are friendly or not, but that question soon gets answered when a swarm of different types of alien aircraft emerge from inside the ship and start the various phases of attack. The aircraft they dispatch are adept at a variety of tactics and missions and they quickly overwhelm their victims. Well, it seems as if the Unites States Military has gotten some ideas here and they will try to develop a mother ship concept aircraft of their own in the very near future.
Although these new aircraft will not be travelling between galaxies and they will be much smaller, they will almost certainly be a force multiplier that can fill a variety of roles. The thought here is that they can carry a variety of low cost and disposable drones that can perform such roles as reconnaissance, missile guidance, defense and even carry out several types of attacks.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter hinted to the top secret effort going on in this area of drone technology in what he referred to as “arsenal planes.” They are planes that could deploy a swarm of different types of drones, whether they were traveling at normal air speeds or even from a fighter jet going close to the speed of sound. A swarm of armed drones can do such things as eliminate enemy aircraft or soften the battlefield ahead of an all-out armored assault. With the relatively low cost of drones, they could perform these roles for far less than what a single sophisticated missile would cost.
There is already a precedent at sea that shows this type of mobility and firepower combination works. These new aircraft will act much like an aerial version of what the Navy’s aircraft carriers do at the present time. Because of the variety of aircraft they carry, Navy carriers can defend against all sorts of threats, attack in a variety of different ways and even do reconnaissance and transport missions. It is this type of versatility that has made carrier battle groups the most powerful force on water. So why not do something similar in the air?
Safety is also another concern where drones can help. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft have to descend to dangerously low altitudes to disperse their anti-submarine warfare equipment, but now upgraded P-8 Poseidon aircraft can simply dispatch drones to fulfill the same mission and it keeps the aircrew and these multimillion dollar aircraft further from harm’s way.
As you can clearly see, drone technology will be a big part of the militaries of the future. With such things as the advent of 3D printing and the low cost factor it brings into the equation, drones will continue to play a huge role in our military well into the future. So, don’t be surprised if you see a US Military mother ship flying over your city in the very near future.
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