The U.S. Navy introduced its first squadron that combines combat helicopters with unmanned aerial vehicles at an air base near San Diego on Thursday, calling the approach the future of warfare.

The squadron of about 140 sailors, called the Magicians, will work off coastal combat ships that are smaller and faster than destroyers and aircraft carriers.
“We’ve been using multimillion dollar destroyers to chase Somali pirates,” Admiral David Buss said. “This approach is designed for near-shore environment where our current experience shows us we’re most likely to encounter threats.”