The Syrian war showed that the future of warfare belongs to modern robotic complexes and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday, addressing students and scientists at the Tomsk Polytechniс University.
TOMSK (Sputnik) – It is time for soldiers to become not just fighters, we are shifting to intellectual armament systems, he said.
"Syria showed today that the future belongs to robotic complexes and unmanned aerial systems. There are very few of us – slightly more than 145 million – to defend such a huge territory. Generally speaking, we have no allies. We do not have enough soldiers … even to defend the perimeter of our territory. [It is high time] for soldiers to become not just fighters, we are shifting to intellectual armament systems," Rogozin said.
Russia launched its anti-terror aerial operation in Syria in 2015 on the request of the Syrian government.