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The recent conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has once again highlighted the importance of drones as a means of reconnaissance and weapons carriers. Generally speaking, unmanned aviation systems have played a key role in Azerbaijan's victory over Armenia through their integration into a comprehensive combat concept contributed. The importance of the new technology was also recognized in the Bundeswehr and the first steps towards its use were taken.

In order to examine the potential of drones in connection with the advancing digitization, the study "Creating a glass battlefield to support dynamic operations" - or ErzUntGlas for short - was put out to tender in 2019.

ErzUntGlas is based on the conceptual idea that many highly automated, airborne systems are used to obtain image reconnaissance data on the tactical level of the combat troops. Specifically, this means that swarms of remote-controlled drones perfect the reconnaissance to such an extent that a transparent battlefield opens up for their own troops.

The ErzUntGlas study therefore examines both ergonomic and technological aspects. It is to be examined whether the concept can generate quantitatively and qualitatively better reconnaissance results than is currently possible with the existing means of the combat troops. The increased operational speed of the investigation associated with the approach should, however, be realized without additional burden on the personnel provided for it.

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