No one is invulnerable forever.
In the first-ever attack on U.S. soil, a drone was used to attack a power plant in Pennsylvania in 2020. Although the site of the attack was not disclosed, a new document from the FBI, Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center are in circulation with U.S. law enforcement, according to soon A new scientist report.
And it turns out that we may need a major overhaul of the infrastructure to protect ourselves from drone attacks.
The lack of infrastructural surveillance leaves gaps that drones can exploit
In their combat versions, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are likely to be the first choice of attack for military installations. While the deployment and countering of drones on the front is a new challenge for the military, consumer drones can also pose a risk to national security. A few years ago, an an amateur drone landed on the Royal Navy’s largest warship and no one noticed. Today, warships are preparing to take down any unknown vehicle in the air or at sea, but critical infrastructure such as power grids still lacks such technological protection.
That’s why the modified drone that flew over the Pennsylvania substation posed such a threat. The seemingly harmless drone was tied with copper wire, the report said. If it came into contact with the high voltage equipment at the substation, it could cause a short circuit. Or, worse, cause a fire and damaged equipment. The US intelligence services know this all too well, not because they know the science behind it, but even more because the US Air Force used such tactics when fighting Serbia during the Kosovo war in 1999. What is called ” graphite bomb, ”the U.S. Air Force dropped dense clouds of extremely fine carbon fiber over high-voltage equipment such as transformers and power lines, causing short circuits and power outages across the country.
The fight against terrorism still largely implies that the attacks are ground-based
This was not the first time the United States had used these sabotage-focused tactics. He used it at the beginning of the decade during the Gulf War, and was reportedly taken down. 85% of Iraq’s electricity supply. Reports indicate that almost three decades later, South Korea wants apply similar tactics against its northern neighbor. The military may also consider targeted energy or powerful microwave weapons to counter drone threats, but infrastructure protection is worn out inside the country.
Like A new scientist reports, even today the anti-terrorist defense suggests that the threats are terrestrial. That is why we see fences and obstacles placed everywhere. Drones are easily accessible and do not need to carry heavy payloads to cause huge damage. Anti-drone technology is located in only a few places, which leaves a lot at risk. Even with the withdrawal of Afghanistan and complicated by growing tensions with Russia and China, the United States has a long way to go in its efforts to improve its efforts to fight 21st-century soft power terrorism and guerrilla warfare with drones.