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Drones: Changing the face of warfare in the Middle East

Drones: Changing the face of warfare in the Middle East

Non-state actors are changing the nature of warfare in the Middle East with their increasing use of commercial and military spec drones as they are becoming a key asset in their efforts to gather intelligence on battlefield positions and to attack or hinder allied troops during operations.

Defence IQ had the opportunity to gain a first-hand account on this issue from Colonel Amine Elkai, Chief of the Joint Intelligence Information Centre of the Lebanese Armed Forces and speaker at the inaugural Countering Drones Middle East. In this exclusive interview, he discusses how the use of drones by malicious actors has changed the face of warfare, how it directly affected the allied troops on the ground and what solutions are needed to tackle this.

Countering drones on the Middle Eastern's battlefields: Tackling the unpredictable threat

Countering drones on the Middle Eastern's battlefields: Tackling the unpredictable threat

Off-she-shelf drones are becoming a permanent feature of the wars in the Middle East, either as a mean to gather intelligence, spread propaganda or drop airborne IEDs.

Ahead of the Countering Drones Middle East conference this February, discover in these maps of the three main battlefields how commercial drones are being used by adversaries against ill-prepared troops and what the international response is, in a bid to understand the urgency to develop solutions.

US grappling with counter-UAS technology challenges

US grappling with counter-UAS technology challenges

As Defence IQ has recently reported, the rising number of criminal and negligent incidents involving civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is pushing harder on the need for a greater awareness of the potential dangers to the public. However, in many cases, awareness is just not enough. The progress of UAS technology requires a tandem attention to the progress of counter-technology – effective and safe methods of neutralising these vehicles when they become a threat, particularly to vulnerable civil sites.

Much of this process is being made in the United States, where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has, as of August 29, released a rule to allow for the use of small UAS within national airspace. To get a better perspective on how this technology is moving forward, we caught up with Andrew Lacher, UAS Integration Lead and Research Strategist at technology R&D centre the MITRE Corporation, ahead of his brief at the Countering Drones conference...