Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Gavin Williamson: Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military

Gavin Williamson: Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military

Britain's new F-35 jets will be able to deploy "drone swarms" to "confuse and overwhelm" enemy forces by the end of the year, Gavin Williamson has said.

The British official, who visited Ukraine in December and a couple of times spoke out in condemnation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, stressed that now the nature of warfare is changing and the boundaries between peace and war are becoming blurred, according to Voice of America.

Britain should be ready to use military force to support its global interests after Brexit, defence minister Gavin Williamson will say on Monday, adding that the boundaries between peace and war are becoming blurred.

Williamson will also say that Britain "may have to intervene" in the future to confront Russian Federation and China, which he claims in the pre-released speech are "resurgent" in rebuilding their armed forces.

"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he said.

Williamson will also underscore close military links between the U.S. and the United Kingdom and echo Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to raise their spending in order to better handle what Williamson previously described as Russian provocation.

"Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost", Williamson will say in the speech, according to the text.

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Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Mr Williamson said Britain must stand up to those who "flout global law".

"Significantly British and American F-35s will be embedded in the carrier's air wing".

"As the cyber threat grows, we are making a very significant additional investment", he said.

"The UK is a global power with truly global interest. we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home", Williamson said.

'Against adversaries upping their spending and advancing technology, we have to respond, ' he will say. "If we do not, we will find ourselves with fewer options when we face threats in the future".

Williamson detailed plans to modernise the armed forces, and said it must increase its "mass and lethality". "And, a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", Williamson will say.

The defence secretary won an extra £1.8bn for defence in the last budget.

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