June 12, 2016 at 11:30 am #27913ragnarokParticipant
I’m currently reading a fictional novel in which there is extensive use of small quadcopter drones equipped with digital, IR and thermal cameras for recon, surveillance and ops planning. Does anyone have thoughts and/or experience on the subject? Is the return worth the $1200-$1500 investment?June 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm #27922MaxKeymaster
I think it definitely has a use. I would question the standoff range you can fly these at, and of course you would need a live feed to your remote controller.
I just got a small training drone with the purpose of having my kids learn to fly it, at which point we can invest in a more expensive camera drone. My kids can then learn to be the ‘MVT drone camera team.’ This had often been suggested as an excellent way of filming training such as the mobility classes, but even if I bought a drone right now, I have no operater/camerman.
For use in a recce role, you need standoff control range and a live feed.June 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm #27925Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Check out these Threads for some information and comments.
Some of the prices and equipment have increased in price and ability since this in 2014.
What is everyone here doing for their aerial capabilities in case of a collapse scenario?
Here is a couple of links to some relevant data about drones.
“Regular Guy” Drone Use in Security and Patrol Operations
Note: The Hubsan H301S SPY HAWK is a little bit more in price at $350, but you get the following:
This Item Includes: Hubsan H301S SPY HAWK 5.8GHz FPV 4-Channel RTF RC Airplane – Full HD 1920×1080 FPV Camera – FPV Transmitter – 1300Mah 7.4V Battery – Charger
With High resolution camera (1920×1080)
Flight time up to 30 minutes
With automatic return function
If the aircraft strays beyond radio range, the aircraft will autonomously return to the take-off location
Live video distance:1000 meters
For around $1800 you could replace current camera with an infrared one if you are tech savvy.
Don’t neglect the Weather
The above link has some detailed OSINT on weather effects on military drones.
If you have detailed questions about those, I suggest commenting in the “Regular Guy” Drone Use in Security and Patrol Operations Thread.June 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm #27954tangoParticipant
Check out the thread posted by 1SGT about Ukraine. There is a lot of info about how both sides are utilizing them, advantages, disadvantages, and countermeasures.
Weak Men can't be virtuous. - JBPJune 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm #27986rampantraptorParticipant
At this point it should be considered essential equipment for any serious prepper group IMO, the use of cheap civilian drones is a new standard in unconventional warfare. The Ukrainians are using them, the Novorussians are using them, ISIS is using them, the Kurds are using them, drones for everybody.
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Jîn, Jiyan, AzadîJune 14, 2016 at 6:48 am #27997Former SapperParticipant
The Armenians are using them with the Azeri too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smdXxXz_Dnc
Aut inveniam viam aut faciamJune 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm #28003rampantraptorParticipant
I don’t think you’ll find any conflict at this point where folks with the means aren’t using drones. Which begs the question, if SHTF and you’re using drones, and the assholes across the ridge are using drones, what countermeasures would be effective? Birdshot? Could you capture the footage in real-time for counter-intelligence purposes? I know there was a minor controversy a few years back with the Predator drones using unencrpyted feeds and the Shiite militias (whom we’re backing with the Iraqi government now, of course, because America) recording the feeds with off-the shelf Russian software.
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Jîn, Jiyan, AzadîAugust 26, 2016 at 3:05 pm #30783cynikalParticipant
Using a Drone to coordinate motor dropsAugust 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm #30784cynikalParticipant
wow, there is an App for that …
for Android … 1/4-1/2 mile detection ~95% of all unencrypted drones … fun time and it is free.August 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm #30867tangoParticipant
An app for tracking them…that’s pretty neat.
Here’s a link to the thread I mentioned previously: Lessons from Ukraine
Weak Men can't be virtuous. - JBPSeptember 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm #31445Yankee TerrierParticipant
I would like to know the electro-magnetic spectrum/frequency of their controls….The power output is likely pretty low, but I suspect there is a df capability being installed in designation equipment for forward observers..meaning you fly drones against a first world military, expect a rapid counter-battery like response to your control set. Against the JV team or rear area type forces it should be very useful though.
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