US Launches Drone Force Amid Increasing Tensions

US Launches Drone Force Amid Increasing Tensions

( – With tensions escalating throughout the Middle East, particularly Iran, the US military is taking pre-emptive action. Newer technology has made it possible to keep eyes on the ground and the waters, so that’s exactly what the Navy is doing.

On Monday, February 21, the Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet reported it would launch a fleet of drones to collect more intel in concert with allied nations. According to Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the drones have sailing and submersion capabilities, enabling them to see more than ever before. “They’re high-reliability and remove the human factor,” he said, remarking on how they also close the areas where the military struggles to travel.

The drones will cover specific areas, including the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, through which 20% of the global oil supply travels.

Vice Adm. Cooper didn’t mince words when he addressed public enemy number one in the area: Iran. He hopes the fleet will be active in 2023 and will help combat the violence and nuclear threat Iran poses to surrounding countries and, ultimately, the United States.

Should the drones perform as hoped, they offer a vast improvement in the military’s coverage, particularly in volatile areas, and could give the US and its allies a leg up in gathering intel and preventing future attacks.

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