16 Oct 2019 15:01

Use of advanced drones by terrorists threatens worldwide security - FSB head

SOCHI. Oct 16 (Interfax) - The use by terrorists of unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering various kinds of payload, including toxic and other chemicals agents, will pose "a real challenge" to special services worldwide, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov said.

"Massive attacks on military and civilian sites using unmanned aerial vehicles, including the use of drones for transboundary transportation of military cargo in the interests of militants, have become a widespread phenomenon," Bortnikov said at the 18th international conference of security and special services chiefs in Sochi on Wednesday.

These trends manifest increasingly more active attempts by terrorists to acquire and use new types of weapons and military hardware, he said.

"The enhancement of performance of drones and their capability of delivering various weapons, including toxic agents, and acting in autonomous swarms will pose a real challenge to us very soon," Bortnikov said.