Unconfirmed video footage that appeared on the internet this weekend shows what reportedly are Iranian drones raining down missiles at Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria.
That sounds pretty rudimentary, right? Except for one difference: Every missile had its own wireless camera that kept transmitting back to the drone even after the missile was fired.
The result was total devastation up close and personal — like a selfie.
While it hasn’t yet been confirmed, it’s believed the footage was shot late last month in Syria.
“Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Sunday struck bases of the Islamic State in eastern Syria with drones, Iranian state television reported,” Reuters noted at the time. “It said vehicles, military equipment and ammunition were destroyed in the attack near the Syrian-Iraqi border.”
That was impressive but also troubling. When did Iran become so savvy with drones? According to military journalist David Axe, this happened a while ago.
“In the skies over Syria’s bloody civil war, above Iraq’s jihadist insurgency and across a number of regional conflicts, Iran’s drones are becoming an increasingly common sight,” he noted in a report two years ago for his blog, War Is Boring.
“Ever since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Iran has been an early adopter of unmanned technology,” he added. “But as drones have become more important in warfare, Iran’s development of the pilotless aircraft has intensified.”
That’s not so great. While yes, it’s awesome to see the Iranians destroying Islamic State group targets, their targets could one day be us.
These guys know what they’re doing, and they’re not the only ones. China, Russia and even North Korea have been making headway with drone technology.
So long as they don’t aim their drones at us, I suppose it’s fine. But the moment their drones start coming after the America or its allies, it’s go time.
H/T Funker 530
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