Battle for Idlib: Turkey’s drones and a new way of war

What gives drones an edge over manned aircraft in certain missions and why is Turkey suddenly excelling at them?

Alex Gatopoulos | March 3, 2020 | Al Jazeera


Article excerpts:

“Recent Turkish air raids have destroyed dozens of Syrian government tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and air defence systems sharply halting Syria’s advance towards Idlib.

Allegedly launched in retaliation for an attack that killed 34 Turkish soldiers, the Turkish air offensive over Syria did not use manned aircraft but fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as UAVs or drones.

Military drones have been used for decades as ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and assassination tools, but this is the first major large-scale offensive by one military against another military in an operational-level conflict.”


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