The “drone price” wars that are going on right now are currently fueling weaponry that is being used by known terrorist groups.
Consumer drones are being bought by the hundreds and even thousands only to be loaded with explosives. This is of grave concern to our troops abroad as well as our security here in the USA.
Below is an Iraq Special Forces Soldier showing a drone that was adapted with a grenade type explosive.
One might pose the question of why older R/C devices have not been weaponised before and the answer to that is technology. The advancements in sensor and GPS technology has made it easy for anyone to fly a “consumer” drone.
So now the question arises. Do drone manufacturers need to “vet” who they are selling their products to?
It’s one thing to sell a couple of drones to a single individual but if an order came in from Iraq for 400 drones should an alarm sound? Of course that single individual could also manipulate their craft into a flying bomb. These are the thoughts that weigh heavily on our Military and Security agents.
This is a situational awareness that will need some review because it is not unlike that of someone buying thousands of pounds of fertiliser at one time.
DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone-maker, has software to restrict drones from flying near restricted areas in Europe and the USA, but that software has been proven to be hacked.
Technology….. we must embrace the good but do we need to pay very close attention to the evil, as we have seen planes, cars and trucks used to commit mass casualties here and abroad.
While DroneSec is certainly not one for scaremongering (we love our drones), this opinion post is meant to spark discussion.
It’s certainly a consideration for the military at this time – there’s no denying that government defense organizations worldwide have been undertaking anti-drone detection and reaction measures.
Organizations have always made a profit off war, and there’s a lot of dilution between knowing if it is really ISIS or Kurdish peshmerga groups purchasing the drones. Who knows, maybe they just fell into the wrong hands?
This space must be handled very carefully or we could end up with huge restrictions on drones. Alternatively, we could see this technology being utilised for potentially catastrophic uses both in the Middle Easy and in the West.
We are very keen to speak to anyone who agrees or disagrees with this post, who might have an academic, industry or law-based opinion on the matter.
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