“Will be distributed to other provinces”

While reading Sixgill’s Dark Web Intelligence Report it was really off-putting to have my deepest concerns corroborated. I really don’t want to be correct in my assertions that we will see drone attacks on civilian populations before long, but it looks probable.

I have proposed, based on previous technological advances, that it only takes two or three seasons in a military theatre for a technology to become useful and battle-hardened through skilled modification. These technologists, or Insurgent engineers, talk quite openly on Telegram, a Whatsapp style messenger with heavier encryption.

With these message boards being filled with DIY mortar drones, recon drones, motors and all manner of other systems. It’s not surprising that Insurgent engineers are creating a new type of drone which can’t be turned off by DJI nor heard by humans from the ground.

Features for further modification by Insurgents:

  • Increasing size and weight of the mortar;
  • Multiple mortar payloads per drone;
  • Increasing the speed of a mortar to increase its ability to penetrate;
  • Toxic shrapnel and gases payloads;
  • Moving from 40mm mortars to 70mm hydra rockets;
  • Best designs for differing combat roles (attack, recon, media, etc);
  • RaspberryPi to circumnavigate DJI flight controllers to negate no fly zones; and
  • Drones to activate or monitor ground based positions which use AI algorithms.

All of this data is being shared on technological forums between Insurgent engineers throughout many differing provinces. They are learning from each other’s experiences while getting in-depth knowledge from Insurgent fighters on how to make the equipment deadlier. They are even competing against each other.

Most of the drones used are off the shelf products made by DJI, readily available with no licence, and step by step instructions for modifications will be contained within Insurgent Field Manuals by next year, by our estimation.

To bring this into the civilian sphere, local football stadiums are upgrading their security to deal with match day threats. Large crowds above 50,000 regularly attend match days and cars are being banned in the local vicinity to reduce the risk of a Terrorist incident using a motorised vehicle. The Vehicular Terrorist Attack tactic was developed in military theatres and took a few years to appear in a Field Manual, this will be the same for drones.

“Be Prepared” was the motto foisted upon us as children, and we have continued with this theme at Daedalus Drones. We have noted the innovation in war zones, the swift information dissemination though the internet, and finally the willingness of civilians to adopt these tactics to cause harm. We must look at what is being developed in military theatres and devise systems to counteract them before they reach our shores.

To stay ahead we have devised procedures to further secure areas from rogue drones:

  • A site survey to identify possible take off locations, security vulnerabilities, and to ensure sensor coverage is adequate in 360°.

  • Set up Acoustic, Radio-Frequency, Optical and Thermal Sensors with Radar added as an extra. All sensors are modular, able to integrate with current security systems, and scalable to any size perimeter. Our combined system creates up to a 5km “bubble” around a site in which everything airborne is monitored.

  • Deploy an Interdiction Team complete with Drone Jammers and possibly Drone Removal Systems depending on the environment. This team can jam a drone in the sky by pointing at it with a special device. The interdiction Team monitor everything within the 5km “bubble” to ensure nothing reaches the Drone No Fly Zone.

  • Drone No Fly Zone is created by deploying an “electronic dome” to create a “force-field” around the inner perimeter of a facility which no drones can enter. This “dome” is activated when a drone trips one of the perimeter sensors.

All devices are plug and play, future proof due to regular updates, and will consequently stop 99.99% of commercial drones. With all equipment sold, we offer maintenance and training schedules to ensure that everything is in constant working order. Monitoring a perimeter with our sensors and an Interdiction Team creates a scenario where it is highly improbable that drones can fly into a site. Most importantly all of the above devices exist, are in use, and in further development with close attention paid to military theatres.

No matter how much innovation occurs in war zones we must be aware that this technology eventually makes its way across the internet into private homes. We must be prepared for this eventuality and Daedalus Drones will assist any organisation in securing their airspace from unwanted aerial intruders.


Charles Holmes