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Mini-UAS ved dansk MEKINFDEL i bykamp

Student thesis: Diploma Thesis

  • Nikolaj Jørgensen Hansen
Afgangsprojekt, (Diploma)
This study theorizes on what effect an introduction of a mini-UAS, to a Danish infantry platoon, will have on their ability to perform in urban warfare. First, the study sets out to define what overall tactical principles must be followed to achieve success in urban warfare. This is done by using a comparative analysis of two reports which have analysed urban battles. These finds are then used to analyse the Danish doctrine, relevant for the platoon, to see if it enables them to follow these principles. Afterwards the study discusses the strength, weaknesses, possibilities and threats of adding a mini-UAS to the platoon, and what effect it will have on their ability to follow the principles found to be essential for winning urban warfare. In the comparative analysis, there is one conclusion that stands out: the use of heavy armoured vehicles and the combined arms between the armoured vehicles and infantry, is essential. Also, there is a need for even the smallest infantry units to be able to utilize external support, like artillery- and engineer-support. Units, at all levels, should also be able to gather information, get, and use, intelligence without going through all levels of the chain of command. This means the units should get as much freedom as possible of both manoeuvre and methods, while still following the overall plan. The following comparison between these findings and the Danish doctrinal publications showed a lot of similarities. The doctrine incorporated a lot of the principles found in the analyses of former urban warfare. Especially the doctrinal approach to the combined arms between vehicles and infantry in urban warfare, was highly present in the platoon doctrinal publication. The following analysis and discussion of which of these principles a mini-UAS could contribute to, showed that the mini-UAS would benefit the platoon a lot with observation and could give them doctrinal possibilities that is outside the current doctrine. The mini-UAS in itself would, however, not be a requirement for such a doctrinal change.

In conclusion, an introduction of a mini-UAS to an infantry platoon would give them a heightened level of observation and the opportunity to adopt a different doctrinal approach when neutralising an opponent. The heightened level of observation would be most useful in urban warfare, but is also applicable to different terrain.
LanguageDanish
Publication date8 Nov 2018
Number of pages42
Publishing institutionHærens Officersskole
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