Drone warfare is a first for SCO exercises as the region is exposed to the risk of terrorist attacks from the Afghan fallout
The new tactics were introduced amid concerns within the SCO, a China-Russia-led regional security group, about new risks and challenges arising from the hasty withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, security experts said.
“All SCO members must take effective and comprehensive countermeasures as everyone was under the cloud of potential terrorist attacks after the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan,” said Sun Yu, a Eurasian security researcher at Andijan State University in Uzbekistan.
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Given that unmanned aerial vehicle warfare (UAV) is well on its way to becoming one of the most important international security developments of this century, technology has become a means of creating an atmosphere of fear to target audiences influence – be it civilians or government, said Li Wei, a Beijing-based counterterrorism expert.
“The popularity of UAVs is a double-edged sword as the technology doesn’t require highly skilled technicians,” said Li. “The advent of small, commercially available drones offers terrorists an inexpensive way to orchestrate attacks.”
Zhou Chenming, a researcher at the Yuan Wang Military Science and Technology Institute in Beijing, said finding ways to prevent and detect impending drone strikes is a universal headache.
“China is one of the world leaders in UAV technology, but how to create a ‘shield’ against the ‘spear’ is still a new topic for China,” said Zhou.
“The countermeasures and tactics would involve a lot of complicated technology, including integrating photoelectric barriers and radar systems, using jammers, and then using net guns or laser lights to destroy targets.”
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The last UAV terror attack occurred in late July when a
Two crew members were killed on an oil tanker off the Omani coast in the Arabian Sea. Israeli officials alleged the attack on Tehran, but Iran denied involvement.
Last year, a Turkish-made drone loaded with explosives allegedly attacked a military base in Libya in what is believed to be the first case in the world in which an autonomous drone attacks people without instructions.
More than 4,000 soldiers from nine countries took part in the joint military exercise on counter-terrorism from September 13 to 24, including 550 from China. In addition to the eight SCO member states – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan – the observer state Belarus took part in the exercises for the first time.