skynews-drone-drones_4574508
  • Gavin Williamson tells military leaders the UK must be ready “to use hard power” and not “walk on by when others are in need”.
  • “Swarm squadrons” of drones capable of “confusing the enemy and overwhelming their air defences” are set to be deployed by the UK’s armed forces.
 
  • Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed the plan during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London.
 
  • He told military leaders that Britain must be ready “to use hard power” and not “walk on by when others are in need”.
 
  • Mr Williamson said actions by China and Russia had “blurred” the boundaries between peace and war and that the UK “may need to intervene” to honour the “global Britain” mantra.
 
  • “The price of non-intervention in global crises has often been unacceptably high. To talk, but fail to act, risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger,” he said.
 
  • The drone plan will be paid for through the “transformation fund” – a pot of cash to develop cutting-edge military technology.
 
  • Mr Willamson said the fund would “develop swarm squadrons of network-enabled drones capable of confusing the enemy and overwhelming their air defences”.
 
  • By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent