Israel reportedly used a swarm of drones to locate and attack Hamas targets during the 11-day conflict that erupted in May.
The Israel Defense Forces have used artificial intelligence to identify and strike targets in the Gaza Strip, says New Scientist report, which claims this may be the first time a drone swarm has been used in combat.
Swarms of drones have been characterized as the next phase of war fighting, in which “hundreds of drones that integrate their actions using emerging behavior.”
“By exploiting the swarm’s ability to concentrate quickly through maneuver, it becomes possible to effect a mass effect on hundreds of points simultaneously,” as a US Air Force report notes. “The advantage this offers is the possibility of carrying out… a parallel attack, but on an unprecedented scale.”
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As previously reported by Fox News, drone systems have been acquired by American adversaries including Russia, China and Iran. The United States has identified this trend as a “rapidly evolving challenge”.
Not only can the technology provide enhanced surveillance capability, it can also feature precision strike capability, direct attacks using small ammunition, laser designation for indirect fire, and chemical agent deployment, as shown in a report from the Ministry of Defense.
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Since a precarious ceasefire was negotiated in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas on May 21, there have been several outbursts of violence.
Over the weekend, Israel launched an airstrike against Hamas in response to the launching of incendiary balloons.
The initial conflict began on May 10 and claimed hundreds of lives.
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