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The RAF will soon be supplied with drone ‘swarm squadrons’ to confuse enemy defences

THE RAF will get new drone “swarm squadrons” to confuse enemy defences, it was announced yesterday.

They will fly in formation and make it impossible for enemy radar to spot which are armed — or even if one is a manned jet.

Alamy Swarms of drones flying in formation could potentially overwhelm an enemy's air defences

Each squadron will be controlled as an inter- connected group — and if one gadget is destroyed the rest carry on.

But it will be almost impossible for an enemy to down all.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told military think-tank RUSI in London that the MoD would “develop swarm squadrons of drones capable of confusing and overwhelming air defences”.

He added: “We expect to see these ready by the end of the year.”

The new system will cost £7million.

The Army is also pondering smaller drone swarms to search buildings and streets in combat zones.

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And Mr Williamson said regular forces will get the same night goggles — a binocular system on helmets — the SAS and SBS have. They currently use a monocle.

Meanwhile, Government sources suggested he broke protocol in saying HMS Queen Elizabeth will go to the Pacific — rather than let No10 and the National Security Council decide.

The MoD said No10 had cleared his remarks.

Getty Images – Getty Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he expected the drone 'swarm squadrons' to be ready by the end of the year
HMS Queen Elizabeth II aircraft carrier cruises back into Portsmouth Harbour
Getty Images – Getty Mr Williamson said regular forces will receive the same high-spec night goggles currently used by the SAS
PA:Press Association The Defence Sec may have gone beyond his remit, disclosing that the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will operate in the Pacific

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