At least seven soldiers were injured in Saturday’s incident [Xinhua via AP]

“A little-known group called the National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts claimed responsibility for the attack. In a series of posts on social media, the group said it planned to fly two drones but snipers shot them down.” src:

That would be the first time – someone used commercially available drones as weapons.

US Military drones are (of course) used constantly 24-7 taking off from Germany, Ramstein assassinate suspects in Afghanistan and god knows where else.

of course it does not stop there…

Update: 2019-03:

“Sierra Nevada Corporation has been selected for the final phase of the Defense Advanced Research Agency’s Gremlins program, which aims to launch and recover reusable drone swarms using manned airborne aircraft far outside of enemy ranges, according to a May 9 press release from the company.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will provide Gremlin Air Vehicles with an autonomous docking system, allowing the drones to be retrieved by a C-130 transport aircraft they complete their mission. They would then be carried home and prepared for reuse within 24 hours.”

“The unmanned air vehicles utilized in these future operations will carry a variety of different sensors and other payloads, working together to manage and conduct complex, highly adaptive operations in contested environments,” said Tim Keeter, Dynetics deputy program manager and chief engineer.

“The potential to overwhelm an adversary continuously with multiple volleys is tremendous.”

“Miller said there are several concept designs for different payloads that they’re using to put in front of various stakeholders based on their mission sets.”

“Security system of the Russian Khmeimim air base and Russian Naval CSS point in the city of Tartus successfully warded off a terrorist attack with massive application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) through the night of 5th – 6th January, 2018.”

“regardless of the direct implications this new tactic has on Russia’s Syrian operation, it does give us our first glimpses of a new age in modern warfare – one where dense swarms of low-cost drones armed with high-explosives will be able to wreak havoc on targets.”