first published on July 12, 2016 by Will
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim to have shot down an explosive-rigged suicide drone near Manbij, Syria. According to the video, the remote aircraft is about a meter across and appears to be carrying roughy a kilogram of explosive ordnance.
This use of drones for improvised explosive delivery is not an isolated incident. It is actually occurring regularly on the Middle Eastern battlefields, which has caused the Defense Department to ask Congress to approve $20 million in order to develop counter-drone technology.