Exactly, a few blasts and the "swarm" is gone. Even though this story is being widely publicized, there is something seriously wrong with the whole of it. Also curious about the motivation behind the release by the FBI. Are they saying they can't deal with a few drones in the air? BTW, what constitutes a "Swarm"?Nothing a shotgun couldn’t have alleviated. Their position was already compromised, can’t believe they didn’t take them down. Of course something that would produce a focused EMP would do a better job at downing most multirotor craft.
I did some research on the topic and found that it was run in a number of media outlets, including The Washington Times, and Newsweek. The link to the Times’ article is below.
While the reaction of the extraction team is alarming, it is not surprising to me. Being in Public Safety for over thirty years (LE and Emergency Mgt), I can tell you that most ops are planned identifying things like the breech-point and Rules of Engagement (ROE). Plans even include contingencies for unknown elements such as an all out assault by the criminal element, IEDs, and unexpected visitors.
Whether it was a swarm, or even 1 drone, if I were on that extraction team the following would immediately go through my mind:
1. My position, and the element of surprise has been comprised; what are my ROEs.
2. I need to prepare for an assault and harden my position.
3. Do we breech or hold positions, knowing that the criminal element is now preparing for a breech and the safety of the hostage(s) is at risk.
I’m not saying this was the scenario; I’m just giving a possible explanation for the loss of situational awareness. One thing I can say with complete confidence is that drones will definitely be included in contingency plans going into the future.
Gang used swarming drones to attack FBI; ‘high-speed’ passes targeted hostage rescue team
The illegal use of sUAS craft in this scenario is what ends up driving all types of legislation that ends up limiting the rights and freedoms of the law abiding citizen.
I know sUAS craft were used in the confrontations in the Dakotas over the pipeline and several were arrested for violating the TFR that the government had placed over that area. They didn’t want social media access to the stuff going on there.
This quote from the Washington Times article is what this whole thing boils down to:
“Remote identification is a huge piece [of cutting down on drone crime],” Angela Stubblefield, the FAA’s deputy associate administrator in the office of security and hazardous materials safety, told the website. “[It enables] both air traffic control and other UAS [unmanned areal systems] to know where another is and enabling beyond line-of-sight operations. It also has an extensive security benefit to it, which is to enable threat discrimination. Remote ID connected to registration would allow you to have information about each UAS, who owns it, operates it, and thus have some idea what its intent is.”
I am not 107 certified at the present time and realize that hobbyist (336) pilots have some looser restrictions placed on them, but I always fly as if I were part 107 certified. The biggest part of all this is the government and big business like DJI, AirMap, Amazon and others forcing a system on us that they will make billions of dollars on. It will end up being a pay to fly system.
Criminals use any technology to accomplish their destructive force on society, what needs to happen in cases like this is just like using guns or internet to commit a felony. Add a stiffer sentence to the felon when they are tried and convicted.
I think the pilot who was dive bombing the agents had to have experience like FPV drone racing. Not a casual flyer like myself or others here.I find the statement that anyone can easily fly a drone very untrue. To dive bomb an FBI swat team in the city would take some experience. There are trees, power lines, power poles, vehicles etc. There is also quite a bit of interference. in order for a pilot to dive bomb a swat team, they would have to have good visual and pretty easy to spot themselves.