Militarized Drones (non-state players) Operational reports, etc

Some postings in other threads (Syria Rebel attack on Russian bases, etc) spread around, so maybe one thread for 

Reported Usage, Design, Discussion, Countermeasures (Weaponize, not annoyance drones like Gatwick)

Starting off:

10JAN19

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Shiite rebels exploded over a military parade Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition, killing at least six people in a brazen attack threatening an uneasy U.N.-brokered peace in the Arab world’s poorest nation.

The attack at the Al-Anad Air Base showed the unwillingness of Yemen’s Houthi rebels to halt fighting in the civil war, even if it doesn’t violate a peace deal reached last month in Sweden between them and Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

The Houthi attack near the southern port city of Aden with a new drone variant also raised more questions about Iran’s alleged role in arming the rebels with drone and ballistic missile technology, something long denied by Tehran despite researchers and U.N. experts linking the weapons to the Islamic Republic.

The assault shocked the pro-government troops, who carried away the dead and wounded, their fatigues stained with blood. All the victims were government forces, officials said.

“We were under the impression that the coalition has a tight control over airspace and there is no way the Houthis can send drones or planes to attack us in the south,” said Mohammed Ali, a soldier in Al-Annad 2nd Brigade guarding the parade.

Yemeni army spokesman Mohammed al-Naqib was speaking at a podium during the parade, with photos of Yemen’s president and Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia’s crown princes behind him, when a high-pitched whine drew his attention and others. A moment later, the drone exploded overhead, pelting him and others with shrapnel.

In the chaotic aftermath, soldiers carried away a severely wounded comrade. A pool of blood collected in front of the plush seats set aside for high-ranking military officials.

At least six people were killed, medical officials said. Among the wounded were Yemeni Military Intelligence Service chief Mohammad Saleh Tamah; Deputy Chief of Staff Saleh al-Zindani; senior military commander Mohammad Jawas; and Lahj Gov. Ahmed al-Turki, Yemeni officials said. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.

https://www(dot)apnews.com/92f491d2794440afaf53967fceb0c1b9

File photo of Iranian Drone Qasef 2K is modeled after

Iranian Qasef drone

File Photo

qasef2

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AP Explains: How Yemen's Rebels Increasingly Deploy Drones
January 10, 2019 4:43 PM Associated Press
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES —
In Yemen, the high-pitched whine of drones has been a part of life for over 15 years, ever since the first U.S. drone strike targeting al-Qaida in 2002. On Thursday, an attack on a military base where America once ran its drone program showed that the U.S. is no longer the only force deploying them.

The attack by Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels that killed at least six people shows how the Arab world's poorest country has become one of the world's top battlefields for drones. Both the rebels and the Saudi-led coalition fighting them, as well as the U.S., continue to use them for surveillance and attacks.

But while the U.S. uses American-made drones and the coalition has turned to Chinese suppliers, the manufacturer of the Houthis' drones in both the air and the sea has been a contentious question.

The Iran link

A 2018 report by a U.N. panel of experts on Yemen looked, particularly at the Houthis' Qasef-1 drone.

"Although Houthi-aligned media announced that the Sanaa-based Ministry of Defense manufactured the [drone], in reality they are assembled from components supplied by an outside source and shipped into Yemen,'' the report said. The Qasef, or Striker, "is virtually identical in design, dimensions and capability to that of the Ababil-T, manufactured by the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries.''

The Ababil-T can deliver up to a 45-kilogram (100-pound) warhead up to 150 kilometers (95 miles) away.

The Qasef-2K, which the Houthis said they used in Thursday's attack, similarly resembles the Iranian designs.

A research group called Conflict Armament Research, with the permission of the United Arab Emirates' elite Presidential Guard, also examined seized drones used by the Houthis and their allies to crash into Patriot missile batteries in Saudi Arabia.

The research group similarly said those drones shared "near-identical design and construction characteristics'' of Iranian drones.

Coalition forces last year also showed journalists a Houthi "drone boat'' filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

The officials also shared black-and-white images they said had come from the "drone boat.'' They said the pictures and associated data from the boat's computer showed Iranians building components for its guidance system in eastern Tehran, with a hat in the background of one picture bearing the symbol of Iran's hard-line paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

They said those involved in building the components probably believed it would be destroyed in the blast, so they didn't wipe the computer's hard drive.

For its part, Iran repeatedly has denied supplying the Houthis with drone or ballistic missile technology. However, Iran would have an interest in seeing Saudi Arabia, its archrival in the region, tied down in a bloody, protracted conflict with no clear end in sight.

remains of an Iranian Qasef-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

drone boat-Shiite rebels in Yemen

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"It's paranoia until something happens, then it is preparedness"

"It is not whether you're paranoid, it whether you're paranoid enough"

"When did you get so paranoid?" …When they started plotting against me.

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Link to existing Lightfighter thread on "13 Drones Used In Attack On Its Air Base, Naval Facility In Syria - 5 January 2018"

https://www.lightfighter.net/t...yria-5-january-2018?

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"It's paranoia until something happens, then it is preparedness"

"It is not whether you're paranoid, it whether you're paranoid enough"

"When did you get so paranoid?" …When they started plotting against me.

Aerial drones are the beginning. If you follow Euro trends at all, even a little, the drone trend is towards autonomous tracked or wheeled drones, vice our American insistence on autonomous flying vehicles. Payload is part of what will drive this.

Picture a tracked robot walking though a US mall. It would have colorful local advertisements on it, maybe even interact attractively with the crowd. Eventually it would move to the food court at noon on a Saturday.

Then it detonates 20-50 lbs of plastic explosive inside a well designed shrapnel vessel. It follows with a second blast, to target those who got up and are running away.

A second tracked drone with POLICE decals on the side is unloaded and driven into the mall at the same time as the primary device. It trails the first device at a respectable distance in loiter mode. It has cameras to feed the results back to the controller who can activate the first and second explosion and provide intel on the tempo and scale of response. After the primary and secondary explosions, the POLICE flag drone looks for the mass of first responders, then moves to that group and detonates. 

Crowded public places give me the heeby jeebies....

Don't think for a minute that Johnny Jihad didn't get ideas from watching Dallas PD deploy C4PO on the cop killer a year or two back.

Somewhat dated from 2 years ago, but an ISIS 'factory' that was build drone VBIEDs. The first appearance is that is some 'shade tree' work, but then you realize, that it will work. Even to the extent that they were building dummies that had heating elements in/on them so if the security forces were using thermal, it would appear a 'human' was driving.

Kind of ties into LONGEYE's scenario as they were building these 'drone' vehicles to use where there was not a ready source of human suicide drivers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L4yUtpEkxQ

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"It's paranoia until something happens, then it is preparedness"

"It is not whether you're paranoid, it whether you're paranoid enough"

"When did you get so paranoid?" …When they started plotting against me.

It is the next logical step.

-Vehicles can't get down streets that have anti vehicle bollards on the ends. C4PO can.
-A suicide vest can only carry so much payload.  C4.PO can carry a hell of a payload.
-C4PO doesn't get nervous as it crawls into a crowd of people and detonates.
-Properly disguised, C4PO can loiter in an area waiting for the crowd to expand without arousing much suspicion. Ahab can't as easily.

C4PO in a place like Disneyland could be a really bad day.

Certainly a bad scenario. And look how easy it was for the Harvey's Resort bombers (1980) to get a huge device into a secure area of the casino.

A pretty good paper from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point USMA on the Islamic State drones
https://ctc(dot)usma.edu/app/uploads/2018/07/Islamic-State-and-Drones-Release-Version.pdf

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"It's paranoia until something happens, then it is preparedness"

"It is not whether you're paranoid, it whether you're paranoid enough"

"When did you get so paranoid?" …When they started plotting against me.

Two videos of the Yemen Shiite rebels military parade attack on Thursday.

https://twitter(dot)com/YemeniObserv/status/1083292688420622337

One video catches the drone flying over and detonating. The other shows speech giver being hit.

2019-01-13_19h20_40

2019-01-13_19h20_51

 

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"It's paranoia until something happens, then it is preparedness"

"It is not whether you're paranoid, it whether you're paranoid enough"

"When did you get so paranoid?" …When they started plotting against me.

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Longeye posted:

It is the next logical step.

-Vehicles can't get down streets that have anti vehicle bollards on the ends. C4PO can.
-A suicide vest can only carry so much payload.  C4.PO can carry a hell of a payload.
-C4PO doesn't get nervous as it crawls into a crowd of people and detonates.
-Properly disguised, C4PO can loiter in an area waiting for the crowd to expand without arousing much suspicion. Ahab can't as easily.

C4PO in a place like Disneyland could be a really bad day.

Sort of like using those Security Robots that look like R2D2 and get so many laughs..?

Know thy enemies, but be aware of thy friends...

Another one from Army War College

Terrorist and Insurgent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Use, Potentials, and Military Implications

http://publications.armywarcollege.edu/pubs/2356.pdf

________________________

"It's paranoia until something happens, then it is preparedness"

"It is not whether you're paranoid, it whether you're paranoid enough"

"When did you get so paranoid?" …When they started plotting against me.

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