SINGAPORE: A dozen drones carrying bombs are flying so fast, faster than the speed of sound, that they are leading a fighter jet into battle.

Some of them fall away to take out high-value targets, hitting at such speed that the enemy has no time to react. Others become bait for hostile missiles, sacrificing themselves to protect the jet bursting in from behind to destroy the remaining threats.

This is how a supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) could be used during aerial warfare, and one of these machines could be built in Singapore.

Avraham Kelley supersonic combat drone Arrow

Kelley Aerospace chairman Avraham Kelley posing with a full-sized model of the Arrow at his hangar in Seletar. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)