Past Features

August 28, 2017

Kamikaze Drones?
Asymmetrical warfare: Could a $5,000 done
destroy a $20 million camera tower?

Top: From DJI Inspire 2 test video -- Bottom: ABP Hermes looks at IFT Tower (payload added in Photoshop) -- See larger photo
ABP -- August 28, 2017
The age of drones on the border
     Drones are now being used to fly drugs across the border.
    (American Border Patrol began thinking of the border drone problem some time back, and may well have a solution --- but that is for another time.)
    While the payload of small drones is limited, they can still make a lot of money for cartels. The payload is also large enough to do a lot of damage, however.
    For example, the system of Integrated Fixed Towers being installed on the border east of Douglas, Arizona, could be attacked by flying drones such as the DJI Inspire 2 right into them --- at 60 mph!
    With the proper payload, such an attack could quickly destroy the radar and camera system - putting the entire system out of action for weeks --- if not months.
    These drones could reach each of the towers from Mexico and, using first-person-video, could hit them within inches of the aiming point. In fact, all eight towers could probably be disabled in this manner within minutes.
    This is called asymmetrical warfare --- "warfare involving surprise attacks by small, simply armed groups on a nation armed with modern high-tech weaponry."
    The Integrated Fixed Tower project was conceived six years ago --- just as small modern drones were beginning their meteoric ascendancy. For a number of reasons, it is time to rethink the IFTs and other border security measures.
    It is the age of drones on the border.