They will fly in formation and make it impossible for enemy radar to spot which are armed — or even if one is a manned jet.
Each squadron will be controlled as an inter- connected group — and if one gadget is destroyed the rest carry on.
But it will be almost impossible for an enemy to down all.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told military think-tank RUSI in London that the MoD would “develop swarm squadrons of drones capable of confusing and overwhelming air defences”.
He added: “We expect to see these ready by the end of the year.”
The new system will cost £7million.
The Army is also pondering smaller drone swarms to search buildings and streets in combat zones.
And Mr Williamson said regular forces will get the same night goggles — a binocular system on helmets — the SAS and SBS have. They currently use a monocle.
Meanwhile, Government sources suggested he broke protocol in saying HMS Queen Elizabeth will go to the Pacific — rather than let No10 and the National Security Council decide.
The MoD said No10 had cleared his remarks.
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