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Drones as a Weapon to Combat ISIS

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The United States, Russia and other countries all want more modern aircraft. However, Ukraine doesn't have the same resources as the United States to train its soldiers to fly these aircraft. The Ukrainians can get training on planes and vehicles in Western countries, but not the same on drones here. Drones are more accessible to Ukrainians who are used to older equipment such as trucks. Drones can be operated by soldiers without the need for pilots. Drones also have an easy to use interface, much like those found in video games.


To combat ISIS in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian military has a unique strategy: octocopters with thermal cameras are used for nighttime missions. Some drones are fitted with anti-tank weapons and even have the capability to light up columns. These drones are very maneuverable and can hold up to 11 lbs of payload. Due to their small size, the drones are able to fly low over targets and drop munition.

Aerorozvidka started out as an IT enthusiast organization. Today, Aerorozvidka is a military-grade air reconnaissance unit. Aerorozvidka began as a civilian drone company. However, the organization grew to become a fully fledged unit with its own head. Due to export restrictions, the Ukrainian government prohibited Russian military aircraft entry into Ukraine. Aerorozvidka depends on crowdfunding and donations to keep the company afloat, as many of the drone components are made in the USA.


The U.S. military is supplying Ukraine with armed "Switchblade" drones, which are able to strike Russian tanks from miles away. This unmanned aerial vehicle was developed by the US Air Force to meet Ukrainian requirements. John Kirby from the Pentagon stated that over 121 of these machines were being sent to Ukraine. The Switchblades' use in the conflict in Ukraine is unknown.

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The Switchblade is a small drone with a 40-kilometer range. It can be launched from a tube. The Switchblade is able to hit a Russian convoy 6 miles away, which is unlike Bayraktar drones. These small aircraft are easy to set up during conflicts like the Ukraine. The Switchblade can fly much faster than the Bayraktar (current U.S. ally).

Russian kamikaze drones

The US announced recently that they would be providing $800 million of military aid to Ukraine. Part of that package is the delivery of 121 unmanned aircraft, called "Phoenix Ghosts," which are intended to terrorize Russian forces. These aircraft are designed for flying over areas for up to thirty to forty minutes and come equipped with warheads, cameras, and other equipment. Switchblade, which weighs in at 5.5 pounds and can be used to destroy armored vehicles or tanks, is one such drone.

These lightweight aircrafts are small and light, and can operate from any location, whether it is land, air or sea. Any advantage that an opponent has in the air battle is crucial in a conflict such as this. The Russian kamikaze drones are a direct threat. This capability will prove to be critical for Ukraine's defense, since it can break Russian sieges as well as attack command-and-control centers. Although such capabilities could be a liability for both sides it could make a significant difference in the battlefield and help Ukraine emerge victorious.

U.S. loitering Drones

Russia is integrating ZALA KYB loitering weapons into its military arsenal. These drones have the ability to use deadly loitering munition in the style of bazookas. The use of loitering drones may lead to the proliferation of these autonomous killing machines in black markets. This is something observers and pundits are concerned about. So what can America do to stop this happening?

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Kirby states that the U.S. government had sent more than 121 Switchblade loitering drones into Ukraine to aid Kiev defeat Russian forces. The Switchblade drone weighs 5.5 pounds and can hover for up to thirty to forty minutes. It is fitted with a camera and a small warhead. Its mission is to eliminate the opposition forces within Ukraine.


A drone can spy on you.

Yes, anyone can use a drone to spy on you. It is important to be aware of drones and to avoid any areas they may fly. If you notice a drone flying around, call 911 immediately.

What are the laws around flying drones?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in the United States, regulates all aspects related to drone operations. The FAA must issue a certificate before you can commercially operate a drone. Next, you will need to complete a course in flying skills and pass an exam. Finally, you must pay a fee to the agency.

Is it safe and legal to fly a drone when driving?

Drone flying while driving can be dangerous as you may collide with another vehicle or object. Additionally, you may hit pedestrians or animals. Your car could be damaged if it hits power lines or trees.

What are the rules of operation when using drones?

Registering your drone with FAA is required. The registration process requires you to provide information about your device, such as its weight, dimensions, battery capacity, operating frequency, and battery life. The FAA will issue you an identification number.


  • According to Indeed, a drone pilot gets paid $25.73 per hour on average in the US. (dronesgator.com)
  • Research and Markets predict a growth rate of 51.1% over the next five years. (thedroneu.com)
  • According to the multiple listing service (MLS), houses and apartments with drone photographs are up to 68 percent more likely to sell than those without pictures. (thedroneu.com)

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How to Fly Drones With Beginners

A drone can be used to fly remotely controlled aircraft for photography, surveillance, scientific research, hobby and commercial purposes. The technology behind drones has been around since World War II. DJI's Phantom quadcopters became commercially available in 2010. From beginner-friendly drones such as Parrot AR Drone 2.0 through professional-grade multirotor craft like DJI Mavic Pro, many types have been available.

There are many options for flying a drone.

  1. Remote control: This uses a remote control device that attaches to your hand and allows you control the drone along its flight path. There are two types of controllers available: joysticks and on/off switches.
  2. Manual Control - Using a smartphone app, this method allows users to remotely operate the drone via GPS coordinates. The app will give you instructions.
  3. Autonomous Flight - This method involves leaving the piloting duties to the drone itself. The drone is able to fly autonomously, without the need for human intervention. It must have a builtin camera, sensors capable of taking images and data to enable autonomous flight.
  4. Triggered Flight - This method is similar to manual control, except the pilot manually sets up a preprogrammed route, and the drone follows that route until it reaches the endpoint. After the preprogrammed route is complete, the drone will automatically land and return to its base.
  5. Landing Gear – A few drones come with landing gear. This allows them land safely in the event of losing power or running out of battery.
  6. Goggles: Some pilots use goggles in order to protect themselves against debris when operating.
  7. Camera – Some drones have cameras, which allow you to take photos or videos from up high.
  8. Obstacles-Some drones come with obstacle avoidance devices that keep them from hitting obstructions.
  9. Speed - Drones can reach speeds up to 40 mph.
  10. Battery Life – Most drones will last 20 minutes to three hours depending on how powerful they are.
  11. Range - Depending on the model, some drones can travel up to 30 miles away.
  12. Power source - Some drones need an external power source, while others use internal batteries.
  13. Weight - Some drones can be as light as 1 pound while others can reach 4 pounds.
  14. Size - Drones come in many sizes, from small gadgets that fit in one's hands to large craft that weigh more than 50 lbs.
  15. Price - All drones fall within a specific price range, from high-end models that can cost thousands of dollars to lower-cost options starting at $100.


Drones as a Weapon to Combat ISIS