I have worried for some time about the possibility that consumer-grade drones could be used not to deliver weapons butÂ as weapons. With even cheap drones coming with GPS navigation and autopilot capabilities, a swarm of explosive-laden drones programmed to converge on a single point in a kamikaze-style attack could prove a potent weapon.
Now, it seems like at least one military has tested something very similar. DFRLab reports:
On September 14, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC)Â announcedÂ the successful test of the new â€œSokilâ€ UAV system. The Sokil reconnaissance and attack system uses one reconnaissance drone and three attack UAVs, and can carry high-explosive, blast fragmentation, or thermobaric munitions.
Videos of test show a drone with a kamikaze-like attack, exploding upon guided impact with the target. The test was conducted at a military range inÂ Honcharivske, Chernihivska Oblast, and despite strong winds, was successful.