The successful use of small drones as weapons by terrorists in Middle Eastern war zones is raising concerns among U.S. security agencies that homegrown extremists will utilize them for domestic attacks.
As millions of light-weight drones flood the consumer market and the federal government struggles with monitoring the devices, counter-terror agencies now see a possibility that they could be used in the U.S. to carry explosives or as surveillance platforms,
A company called ThrowFlame made headlines with its $1,500 “TF-19 Wasp” flamethrower attachment for drones. It works with most unmanned aircraft with a payload capacity of five pounds or more. Most of that weight is fuel — one gallon gets you 100 seconds of burning time. The TF-19 Wasp can bathe targets up to 25 feet away in fire. ThrowFlame insists this isn’t a weapon.
Say – nobody would EVER put a firebomb on a quadcopter anyway, would they? Why in hell would anyone want to do THAT?
Anyway, we’ve been lucky so far. But probably not because the FAA and your local community college have a bulletproof plan.
We’re simply lucky that guys like the California shooter, the Texas shooter, the Vegas shooter, the San Bernardino shooter, the pulse nightclub shooter, the Boston marathon bombers . . . we’re lucky it never occurred to them to buy a quadcopter.
When the first terrorist or nutjob who attacks a crowd with this, then EVERYONE will start copying it.
As I said at the start of this post: this probably is one of those predictions which the poindexters at your local college got right.
Keep watching the skies.