Milestone: IED drone kills combatants allied against ISIS in Iraq

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❝ On October 2nd, in Irbil, Iraq, a drone flown by ISIS injured two French paratroopers, who were supporting Kurdish forces. Two Peshmerga, or Kurdish soldiers, were killed in the blast, according to French newspaper Le Monde. The attack is possibly the first where a drone fitted with an improvised explosive device has inflicted casualties on troops from a Western nation.

Le Monde reports:

❝ The two commandos were struck by the flying, booby-trapped drone, sent by a group linked to ISIS. The exact context/circumstances of the attack remain to be specified. The soldiers reportedly intercepted the drone before it exploded on the ground. This type of attack against French forces is in any case without precedent.

❝ Unlike drones used by the United States for attacks, ISIS is converting small, cheap commercial models into one-way weapons. Kurdish forces spotted these drones at least as early as last winter. Iraq is not the first battlefield to see cheap drones.

The Washington Post notes:

❝ Drone use by militants and insurgent groups has steadily risen years as cheap off-the-shelf models have become easily acquired and simple to fly. In Ukraine, store-bought quadcopter drones are used on the front lines in the country’s east by both government troops and Russian-backed separatists in primarily a reconnaissance role, helping locate trench lines and spot for artillery.

In Iraq and Syria, a host of insurgent and opposition groups have used the drones in similar roles, though there have been a few instances of the remotely piloted craft being used to drop what appear to be explosives. Insurgent groups, including the Islamic State, also use the vehicles to film propaganda videos…

❝ DARPA wants the United States to have anti-drone lasers by 2020, a goal every part of the military, from the Air Force to the Marine Corps, is independently working towards. Laser weapons are costly to build, but their appeals as an anti-drone weapon is that every shot of directed energy is cheap, so one laser system could shoot down many cheap drones, without spending expensive missiles or lots of bullets to do so.

Or so the reasoning goes.

My first response? Make our laser weapons small enough, portable enough, any competent guerilla band will capture them and use them on us. How it always works, folks.

One thought on “Milestone: IED drone kills combatants allied against ISIS in Iraq

  1. Onward says:

    Iraqi army receiving anti-drone weapons following ISIS attack (Oct 14, 2016) http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/10/14/Sources-Iraqi-army-receiving-anti-drone-weapons-following-ISIS-attack.html
    American Anti-Drone Rifle Deployed In Iraq (July 2016) http://www.popsci.com/american-anti-drone-rifle-spotted-in-iraq
    U.S. Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery and Drones From Strykers http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1677075-army-arms-stryker-with-laser-weapon Reportedly the weapon that’s capable of destroying small and medium-sized drones could be operational as soon as 11-months from now. See also https://defensesystems.com/articles/2016/08/19/darpa-endurance-anti-missile-laser-aircraft.aspx
    Drone hijacker lets hackers fly drones and lock out original pilot. http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/10/drone-hijacker-gives-hackers-complete-control-of-aircraft-in-midflight/
    The Pentagon has been testing swarms of low-cost surveillance and attack drones engineered to jam enemy air defenses, blanket areas with small sensors or function as attack weapons https://defensesystems.com/articles/2016/10/24/perdix.aspx?admgarea=TC_CyberDefense

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