Ben Wallace signaled tonight that drones will replace troops in future wars when he warned that British enemies "have adapted much faster than us".
The Secretary of Defense put forward his plan for the military to be "relentlessly innovative" when he unveiled a new lethal autonomous kit for the Royal Navy.
He was flanked by a quadcopter drone carrying a torpedo – which could also be used to evacuate victims – and a flying drone bashing machine with a battering ram.
Mr Wallace said a future force is not about mass mobilization as in past wars, but about speed and readiness.
The former Scots Guards officer spoke ahead of the release of a full defense review as he toured the newest British naval ship, HMS Tamar, in London.
On a hint that troop numbers could be reduced in favor of modern equipment and special forces, he said, “Instead of mass and mobilization, this future force will be about speed, readiness and resilience, much more so in the newest areas in space operate, cyber and underwater, and work to prevent and win conflict. & # 39;
He said the ongoing review will result in a "step change" in a transformation of the military like it has never been seen before.
He added, "The global picture has changed, our enemies have investigated our weak points and adapted much faster than we do."
He continued, "We will turn from what we have become accustomed to and instead reshape our armed forces to become a force suitable for tomorrow's battles rather than yesterday's."
He said the future military will be "modern, versatile and innovative".
Mr Wallace said a future force is not about mass mobilization as in past wars, but about speed and readiness
General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of Defense Staff, said, "While the nature of conflict continues to evolve – and this integrated concept of operation is one answer – the nature of war never changes."
He revealed "world's best" systems, including a quadcopter drone carrying a torpedo, and said the British military must be "nimble" in the future.
He pointed to a drone with spying capabilities that "can be many miles from the edges of a ship" and an autonomous patrol ship that is currently being tested.
"This innovation test bed is one that we want to include in the future integrated review," he said.
The new kit included a quadcopter drone known as the "pilotless airborne pickup" that can carry either a torpedo, huge ammunition payloads, or medical supplies.
The Malloy Aeronautics T-400 can also be used to evacuate victims by inserting them into a tube attached to the pilotless drone or to search for migrants in the canal.
A technical advisor to the Navy's chief technology officer said, "It's not just about delivering payloads and weapons, you can use them for border control to sail up and down the canal."
"It could be boxes of ammunition that are very heavy and you may have to move them over inhospitable terrain, snow, sand and rocks."
He continued, “Think Amazon, deliver it anywhere. It could be whatever you want. It could be bringing out someone who is hurt. "They could put it in a tube, they checked it for casevac (evacuation of victims) because it can bring someone back who is injured much faster than driving on roads or taking medical people where it's dangerous . "
The advisor, who refused to be named, said the Navy wanted such a kit to be built into the ship's system so that it could be used from the control room rather than a separate remote control.
He continued, “You could draw a search zone or point of interest and tell him to go there. If it's just looking for something, it's a camera, you can automate it. "If it has a function, a man has to be up to date, we are not in the world of Terminator."
The ship also featured a flying "battering ram" counter-drone system that knocks drones from the sky by bumping into them.
The Anduril Anvil autonomous kit uses sensors to find out where drones are – based on light and shadow – and then hits drones, rendering them unusable.
Mr. Wallace said the future force would project itself as a global military power with a "more flexible force structure better equipped for lighter tasks".
Mr Wallace said the future force would project itself as a global military power with "a more flexible force structure better equipped for lighter tasks".
He made the comments during a tour of HMS Tamar, the fourth of five new offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy as it was docked at London Bridge.
Mr Wallace said the ship was a Royal Navy Swiss Army Knife and was "capable of anything from guarding our shores to combating smuggling and counterterrorism".
He said, "It is a great example of innovation and some of our ambitions for the future. It will play a vital role in the armory of our royal navy and will play an important role in protecting our coasts from our future threats."
The chief of military also suggested that modern warfare, despite the new approach, would still require troops and heavy armor.
General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of Defense, said: “While the nature of conflict continues to evolve – and this integrated concept of operation is one answer – the nature of war never changes.
“It will always be visceral, violent and political and, ultimately, it will always be necessary for the local people to compete against each other to achieve an outcome and a decision.
"It never changes and we should keep in mind that history would back it up."
The integrated review of foreign policy, defense, security and international development is expected to be completed in the autumn.
It is considered the largest foreign policy rating since the end of the Cold War.
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