How to stop terrorists from using drones

Published on January 17, 2016

How to stop terrorists from using drones

    Terrorist attacks using drones can be safely added to the list of what we should be afraid of in the future. The Oxford Research Group has published a report on this subject , adding a list of possible countermeasures to be taken in the UK.

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    Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement uses drones to invade Israeli territory

    The report includes the existing and developing unmanned aerial, land and sea systems, describes their capabilities for cargo delivery - which may be explosive devices, the possibilities for future improvement of these systems. Despite the fact that commercial drones are limited in time and flight range, basically they can’t lift large loads, and operators are still better off in the area of ​​visibility of devices, researchers do not exclude the possibility of attacks using such devices.

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are considered the most dangerous. They are able to deliver cargo to places where it will be difficult to get to a person or using other types of unmanned vehicles.

    In 2014, a video appeared with an unmanned aerial vehicle of the Islamic Resistance Movement - Hamas. The movement began trying to use it to conduct attacks in places inaccessible to conventional missile attacks, located far from the border. This drone has a wingspan of 2.9 meters and can fly 160 miles, which in theory allows it to reach any corner of Israel.

    Terrorists and other armed groups are already using such devices to coordinate actions on the battlefield. Also, drones are used by criminal groups and activists. Drones, for example, help deliver mobile phones, drugs, pornographic disks , playing cards, and other goods to the territory of correctional facilities .



    Researchers based on the report created a list of countermeasures that they propose to apply in the UK and other countries. At the same time, researchers are sure that all these measures should be used in combination.

    • Regulatory countermeasures: researchers propose restricting the capabilities of commercially available drones, stitching GPS coordinates of zones that are prohibited for flights, and licensing drones capable of raising an explosive device into the air at the production stage.
    • Passive countermeasures: the creation of commercial multi-sensor systems for searching and tracking drones, the purchase of such systems by the police and special forces.
    • Active countermeasures: creating systems against drones based on laser technology, radio frequency interference and malware for use in urban environments.