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SOFIC 2017: Quadcopters and air superiority

17th May 2017 - 13:02 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Tampa, Florida


Commercially available small quadcopter technologies, combined with adaptive enemy tactics, techniques and procedures, are prompting new definitions of ‘air superiority.’

The situation was highlighted at this week’s SOFIC gathering by Gen Raymond Thomas, Commander of USSOCOM.

Referring to the growing battlefield threat posed by near peer adversaries, Thomas added, ‘Even less capable, but no less determined foes are presenting nuanced and deadly new tactics, techniques and procedures, exploiting readily available technology.’

‘I recently returned from Syria and Iraq, where this last year’s most daunting problem was an adaptive enemy who, for a while, enjoyed tactical superiority in the airspace under

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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