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Small weaponized drones a reality

Military drones used to soar above battlefields, today they are knocking at our door.

Some of these drones are lightweight solutions designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications
in modern battlefields, unhappily these devices may also be bought online. 

The militant group Islamic State has begun turning such small drones into flying bombs in their battles.

So perhaps Islamic State’s improvised version of these drone attacks should not come as a surprise.
The more troubling aspect of Islamic State’s weaponized drone demonstration comes from showing how just about anyone can turn an ordinary consumer drone into an explosive weapon.

Such improvised flying bombs have fewer capabilities than the Switchblade or similar drones developed by defense contractors, but they can still perform a roughly similar function at a much cheaper cost.

It’s also the type of weapon that could be used for a terrorist attack as well as a military weapon.

U.S. troops in Iraq are supposedly already using the Battelle Drone Defender device that can disrupt drone operations by interfering with their GPS and the control links with the drone operators.

Will we equip our police with such heavy guns ?

The drones' threat is here, not only on the battlefields !

The emergence of terrorist drones flown by ISIS in Iraq has fueled interest in drone-defense technology – while raising questions about how ready we are for potential drone terrorist attacks on our homeland.

Over the last six months, ISIS has increased its use of weaponized and surveillance drones against Iraqi and U.S. forces. U.S. Central Command told Fox News coalition troops have as many as 30 encounters a week with unmanned aerial vehicles. These drones are inexpensive ones modified to drop grenades or to surveil troop movements.

Underscoring the accessibility and affordability of these drones: during the last two months, the U.S. military has destroyed at least five ISIS drone facilities, including one factory and four storage facilities.

In the U.S., the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has called on startups to look for inventive ways to detect and destroy drones – particularly a drone swarm, possible attacks by hundreds of drones.
Counter-drone budgets will see “significant” increases in 2018.

Still, while the U.S. military looks for solutions, the concern is whether soft targets will be exploited by ISIS or its followers ?

Small drones still posing big problem for US Air Force bases
After two incidents where small civil drones invaded U.S. Air Force airspace and in one event almost collided with an F-22 Raptor, the head of Air Combat Command is clamoring for congressional authorities that would allow him to deal with future incursions of unmanned aircraft.

The DRONES invasion is here and peacetime can be war especially if they aim at our nuclear sites