War of the Automata – Spectrum of Science

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 began as a historical episode from World War II. A bombardment of the Ukrainian military airports should give the attacker absolute air superiority so that his armored units could advance unhindered. They felt so safe that they drove into the country in single file along the Ukrainian roads. But then the history lesson met the computer age: With a few drones, the defenders turned the advance into a gigantic traffic jam.

Since then, the fighting has turned into a war of attrition that is lazily shifting the fronts back and forth. How did the military stalemate between David and Goliath come about?

In modern conflicts it is often the “weapons of the little man” that make the difference. In the Ukraine war, these are remote-controlled missiles…

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