Drone terrorist attacks
By Cel. Carlos Marcelo Cardoso Fernandes
In the preface to our book Drone Operation: Responsibilities, Duties, and Precautions of Individual and Business Operators, we drew attention to the fact that “the use of these aircraft is a disruptive technology that can change the way we view and interpret the world, can generate more value and security while creating a new era in the field of military applications. ”
Later, we reported that countries with no longer tradition in aeronautical technology, because of their enormous cost and the need for specialized personnel, could see drone technology as an alternative and inexpensive way to form relatively effective and aggressive attack groups.
On September 14 of that year, an oil production facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, both run by Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil production company Aramco, were attacked by air, drones and possibly drones were used. rockets and missiles.
This new threat is already being termed “massive disruption,” with the use of drone swarms carrying explosive and / or incendiary charges, and the possibility of using such equipment with weapons firing systems.
The September 14 attack is a milestone in modern military history, as for the first time the massive drone attack in a coordinated and controlled manner, potentially carried out by a non-state player, possibly by one or guerrilla or terrorist groups.
The attack resulted in a standstill of 5.7 million barrels of oil. Its economic impact is still being assessed as world oil and foreign currency markets are still feeling the shock waves, but initially there has been a 10% increase in world oil prices.
In addition, this attack may be the trigger for a new armed conflict in the region, as investigations are still under way to find out whether or not a state entity has participated in the incident.
What is striking, however, is that such a possibility had been touted for many years. Security measures of facilities and sensitive points, strategic or otherwise, need to be redone, with protocols and procedures to be reconsidered, as an enemy can hide behind small devices but with lethal loads or capable of causing considerable damage, disrupt the use of airspace or simply denying the use of services to the population.
It is a new age, no doubt.
The Houthi drone, possibly one of these inexpensive artifacts, was used together to attack oil processing facilities.