Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Look At An Islamic State Drone 'Bomber'

Ars Technica: ISIS builds quadcopter “bomber” with DJI drone and badminton supplies

Downed drone outside Mosul shows off-the-shelf tech creatively used to kill.

On the morning of February 23, Iraqi forces moved through Al-Buseif, Iraq as they began their assault against the Islamic State (IS) held Mosul Airport. All the while, a quadcopter drone buzzed overhead. Sara Hussein, a reporter with Agence France-Presse covering the assault on Mosul, reported via Twitter that the Iraqi Army had brought down the weaponized drone, and her driver managed to take pictures of it after it was grounded.

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WNU Editor: The big fear is that what is being learned in Mosul will be used elsewhere .... The Next Phase Of Terrorism Will Involve Drones (February 12, 2017). The below video shows how effective this "drone bomber" is:


Mike R. said...

Scary, but still a very limited weapon except for inciting fear. Very limited range and payload capability on these makes them about as useful as the hand dropped bombs of WW1 scouts. This stuff is most concerning for those of us in the RC community, who build and fly large models. Hopefully a couple of idiots in the Middle East doesn't get model aviation banned back home.

D.Plowman said...

@Mike R

I think you underestimate the effectiveness of a drone dropping a bomb (regardless of its explosive yield) on top of an enemy during an engagement. It's effective at tactical disruption which would give any opfor side an advantage.

As drones continue to evolve, and their flight time gradually increases, so too will they increase in their effectiveness as a weapon system.

As for domestic drone use, I'm surprised at the lack of regulation in several countries concerning drones. It will only be a matter of time before this hobby becomes strictly regulated, and it would likely take some sort of aviation disaster or some one using a drone as a weapon on domestic soil for that to happen.

Anonymous said...

In a couple years when their fleets of them are flying triumphantly over the White house amid the ruins of hundreds of burned out hulks of F-22 and F-35s you will fully understand their power. :)