In May, I reported that the Iranian-backed terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad had released a video purporting to show an IED being dropped from a small drone onto Israeli tanks on the Gaza border. The terrorist threat from drones is a serious concern to authorities around the world, with the vulnerability of aircraft and crowded spaces a particular cause for concern.
Now, Russia's military has decided to get in on the act, taking a lesson from the militants it has also faced in the Middle East, arming its own miniature (read domestic-sized) drones as a new battlefield tactic. A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry told Izvestia that it is exploring the use of such drones to deliver lethal payloads.
Such small devices are already used for surveillance and reconnaissance. But Russia's plan is for such drones to "strike targets with bombs—making mini-UAVs extremely effective weapons." Russia envisages all branches of its military having access to the devices, with special forces the first to benefit—the defense spokesperson confirmed that "miniature bombs are being developed" for the drones, which will be modified to carry them.
Initial payloads will be no more than one kilogram, but that would enable a grenade or IED to be delivered with enough explosive charge to cause lethal damage if delivered right on target. Heavier payloads—up to 20 kilograms—are also envisaged.
That's why "Wide Area Drone Defense" (WADD) is imperative. A classic point-to-point defense will simply not be effective in the face of a drone swarm attack. Eventually, 'swarms' will become 'clouds.' Then you're really in deep doo doo. To read more, click here.