Tracking ISIS Drones
The U.S. Air Force and Joint Coalition aren’t waiting for deadly drones used by the Islamic State to pop into the airspace and menace troops.
Airmen are actively on the hunt for them, said Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
“Purchasing a system that just defends a space … is more of an industrial age solution, and we need to go to the information age solution,” he told reporters during a media roundtable Thursday here at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium.
Silveria said forces in Syria and Iraq have seen drones “from quadcopters with little cameras up to [drones] with a wingspan of five, 10 feet.”
It’s “obvious” the ISIS drones are being used for “strike, [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance], command and control, propaganda,” he said. “As airmen … we’re going to take these on the same way we take on any system.”