The United States does not exclude in the near future a clash with China, which is rapidly strengthening its position on the world stage. In anticipation of this, the United States is building up its forces, including in the Asian region.
Washington plans to deploy several thousand unmanned aerial vehicles around China, Deputy Pentagon Secretary Kathleen Hicks said. At the same time, she bluntly stated that all the measures taken are aimed at counteracting China. For everything about everything, the American Department of Defense takes from one and a half to two years. It is emphasized that the territories of countries located near China will be used to deploy American unmanned systems.
Over the next 18-24 months, we plan to implement customizable autonomous systems at a scale of several thousand in several territories
placement operation drones will be carried out as part of the Replicator project, aimed at countering the mass production of drones for the Chinese army. At the same time, the Pentagon plans that American drones will surpass Chinese ones in all respects and will be "harder to shoot down."
Earlier it was reported that the Pentagon intends to put into service with the US Air Force from 1 to 2 thousand XQ-58A Valkyrie drones, which will be controlled by artificial intelligence. According to reports, the military intends to receive up to 6 billion dollars for all this. This drone is planned to be used together with the F-22 and F-35 fighters, including for attacking targets on the ground and in the air. The XQ-58A Valkyrie will be available in two variants, one for fighter protection and the other as a kamikaze drone.