first published on April 28, 2018 by Will
A video out of Ukraine reportedly shows a Phantom drone dropping grenade launcher munitions on Russian proxy troops.
The drone company DJI interface indicates that the drone is likely a consumer Phantom or Mavik model. With some simple engineering and the necessary parts, the aerial device can be fitted with an arm that drops the explosive device.
The munitions used are most likely armed, point detonating, high explosive 30mm grenades that are intended for a rifle mounted type launcher or possibly even an automatic grenade launcher.
These recreational drones have been used, by both sides, for the duration of the Ukrainian conflict, but mostly in a reconnaissance or artillery observation and adjustment application.
Here we are seeing a page taken out of the Islamic State (ISIS) handbook in which these drones were used for targeting infantry in the open on both the Mosul front as well as around Raqqa.
As you can see by the video, the targeting isn’t all that accurate, especially with the limited kill radius of the grenades. However, the threat of death from above is more more stressor that will keep the enemy awake at night.