ONLY very vaguely was I aware of this. War by drone as attack vehicle NOT merely for surveillance. Thanks to the outstanding Internet web site isegoria.net we have this item of interest.
"The Ukrainian SBU – the equivalent of the FBI – now believe that the destruction of a giant arms depot at Balakliya in eastern Ukraine in March was carried out by a small drone. The spectacular explosion and fire destroyed some seventy thousand tons of munitions with damage estimated at a billion dollars, though only one person was killed. This destruction is a graphic illustration of the threat posed by small drones, as many other high-value targets may be equally vulnerable."
"It just has to bring the detonator"
"Back before GPS was ubiquitous, a couple decades ago, I thought it would lend itself all too well to sabotage or terrorism. Imagine sending out a fleet of miniature, autonomous Hindenburgs to burn down a dozen targets on a windless night, or dropping lawn darts from the sky."
"The Russians figured this out, it would appear:"
Read the whole article.
This is an image of the arms depot with detonations as actually occurring? Those appear to be white phosphorus [WP] rounds going off? The cost-benefit basis of such an attack by drone in this instance at least in the millions. Dollar value of items destroyed as compared to the value of the attacking drone.
Can be "figured" out not only by the Russian but by any terrorist or insurgent using low-cost and readily available commercial product!! That cost for such "gear" as a mini-drone a pittance compared to the value of the damage done!!
I HOPE HOMELAND SECURITY IS AWARE OF THIS? EVERY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UNITED STATES WILL HAVE TO BE EQUIPPED WITH AN ON-SITE GPS JAMMER! MILITARY ARMS DEPOTS, NUCLEAR FACILITIES, REFINERIES, ETC. MEASURES AND COUNTER-MEASURES. AND NOW!! DHS IS ON THE BALL WITH THIS?