National infrastructure sites are vulnerable to possible drone strikes, with a growing number of intrusions at nuclear power plants here using the small unmanned aircraft being confirmed, according to a lawmaker, Sunday. Rep. Lee Sang-min of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) said the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) reported 13 cases of the illegal flying of drones near the power plants from 2015 to 19. Ten of the 13 cases occurred just in 2019 ― and six took place near the Kori Nuclear Power Plant in northern Busan in August.
Korea Times 6th Oct 2019 read more »
A terrorist attack by swarming drones may seem farfetched, and it is important not to engage in hyperbole. However, scenarios similar to this are playing out around the world, often in a hostile manner. Once again, the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia should give pause for concern. At least 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were reportedly used to break through national defenses and strike the designated targets in Abqaiq and Khurais. The use of these systems in swarms makes tactical sense, as it increases the likelihood of a successful strike, by overwhelming and saturating defenses. Drones may also be used to help identify targets, allowing secondary systems to strike with precision. In a different, but not unfamiliar manner, swarms have been used for saturation, spotting, and strike purposes by both criminal gangs and terrorists.
Bulletin of Atomic scientists 4th Oct 2019 read more »