The US threatens to attack China with thousands of drones if it invades Taiwan

12.06.2024/07/35 XNUMX:XNUMX    7

If China invades Taiwan, it could face an entire army of drones. This plan was announced by Admiral Samuel Paparo, commander of the Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces, the Washington Post reports.

The plan calls for the launch of thousands of unmanned systems: surface, underwater, aerial drones to fight the Chinese armed forces as soon as they begin to cross the Taiwan Strait. Drones will be deployed as the first line of defense.

"I want to turn the Taiwan Strait into an unmanned Hell using a number of classified capabilities," said Paparo. "I can make their lives absolutely unbearable for a month, which will give me time for everything else."

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Such a strategy will require large investments in cheap and reliable drones, which the US has done as part of the Replicator initiative. Last year, the Department of Defense officially announced the program, which is a long-term plan to deploy thousands of autonomous systems.

Back in March, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said that the Pentagon intends to spend $1 billion on the Replicator this fiscal year. According to Hicks, the Replicator program is aimed at countering China. She said the US military will need more ships, more missiles, more people.

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The former commander of the Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces said last year that the US's unmanned capabilities would become an asymmetric advantage, writes Business Insider. He said that the operational concepts that the US military is working on will help strengthen America's advantage in this theater of war, adding that the new strategy is called Hellscape, which can be translated as "hellscape" or "hell scene".

Paparo's announcements about the "Hellscape" strategy immediately followed the PLA's large-scale military exercises around Taiwan, during which they encircled the island and demonstrated the ability of various forces to act together.

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These exercises demonstrated to Taiwan and the US how quickly and easily China can apply a blockade. After the training was over, Paparo said it all looked like it.

"We watched it. We took note. We have learned from this. And they helped us prepare for the future," the admiral emphasized.