In a bid to stop ISIS from launching'suicide drones', the US Army is working on a secret project called the Mobile Force Protection Programme. Overseen by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the programme aims to find ways to detect killer drones that do not rely on radio frequencies. The head of the project says that plans could be put in place as early as May this year. In a bid to stop ISIS from launching killer drones, the US Army is working on a secret project called the Mobile Force Protection Programme (artist's impression of potential system) The main focus of the programme is going beyond electronic jamming, to stop unmanned drones of up to 200 pounds (90 kilograms). While most drones rely on radio frequencies for remote controlling, these suicide drones would be programmed to carry out a specific mission, making them very difficult to detect.
The first known use of a "suicide drone" was reportedly believed to have taken place during the recent skirmishes between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Azerbaijani forces might have deployed an Israeli-made drone that was loaded with explosives and crashed into its desired target in lieu of using a missile. The Armenian defense ministry said that alleged "suicide drone" slammed into a bus carrying Armenian soldiers, killing seven people. The drone, known as a Harop, destroys its target by ramming into it. The device can be remotely piloted or it can find targets based on radar or radio wave emissions, according to its website.
A drone-racing ace charts his own course as the sport goes mainstream. Carlos Puertolas maneuvers an X-shaped drone high above a grassy field in a Los Angeles park, then spins it sharply to face the ground and sends it full-throttle into a suicide dive. He takes his hand off a radio controller and peels off a pair of opaque white goggles. Puertolas is an aloof but unassuming Spaniard who stands about 5?8?, with a tuft of gray in his bangs and a rough chinstrap beard. In his day job he's a top animator at DreamWorks, but he's in this park testing a model designed especially for him by the Florida drone-kit company Lumenier.
A suicide prevention group will dispatch a drone to monitor remote areas around Tojinbo in Fukui Prefecture -- whose lonely cliffs remain romanticized in popular imagination as a destination where people go to end their lives -- in the hopes that the technology will enhance efforts to minimize the suicide rate. Retired police officer Yukio Shige, the 73-year-old head of the nonprofit group, said that although there has been a decline in the total number of people leaping off the cliffs in recent years, suicide remains a persistent problem. "This year we have managed to stop five people from committing suicide but five is a very small number; it's only one per month," Shige said, adding that far more still think about killing themselves. "So far we've monitored (Tojinbo) by ourselves but with the use of drones we could reach places that the human eye can't see." The group's 16 members -- made up of retired police officers, academics and company workers -- patrol the cliffs six times a week, from 11 a.m. until sunset.
Fox News Flash top headlines for August 25 are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.com Lebanon's Hezbollah leader vowed Sunday to shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace from now on after one allegedly crashed and another exploded in Beirut overnight. Hassan Nasrallah said during a speech that one of the drones had been flying low among buildings and was clearly on a military "suicide mission," which he called "clear aggression." Officials of Iran-backed Hezbollah denied firing at the drones.