Recently, the video below has been circulating showing Daesh using a small hand-launched tactical drone (or just remote control airplane)… In this video, you can see two Daesh members walking out in the desert in their sweet desert pattern pajamas and ski masks. Then, on a cliff side–in hi-def Hollywood slow-mo–they launch it.
SPOILER ALERT: The video appears to be bogus.
(Launch, here, is a really strong word; they throw it off a cliff.)
What follows is a fantastic production. They show scene after scene of this delta-wing tac-drone in all it’s aerial magnificence, then move directly into to air-to-ground footage of cartoonish, clearly illustrated-and-not-actual, toilet paper roll ordnance dropping on targets. It’s hot. The only thing they missed in this shit show were montage tunes from the Iron Eagle soundtrack.
Problem number one is the clearly shitily rendered ordinance. In some cases it may be real, but I seriously doubt it. Problemo numero dos involves what is happening on the ground as the bomb(s) pops. San-ban no mondai (that means ‘problem number three’) is the angle from which the ord enters the video frame. Honestly…there are other issues, but three makes a pattern and this thing is clearly bullshit.
Humorous that Daesh made this video and thought anyone would fall for it–great job, guys. Pretty unhumorous that people [who are not just casual viewers, but actual professionals] have fallen for it. Pure fiction.
Starting from the fact that it’s clearly a production (the slow-mo and the dramatic action shots), it really doesn’t show us much reality. “Ooooh nooo! Daesh has got tactical strike drones now. Whoa is meee!!!” Whatevs. The video is supposed to be showing us that Daesh has a delta wing tactical drone that can overfly whatever location and kill kill kill without mercy.
Elaborating on Problem-1, in most cases…it’s Wile E. Coyote level ACME DRONE BOMB. Fabricated, animated, or puppeteered. Look at it.
Problem-2. No one’s reaction, nor any physics of which I am aware, show a legitimate causal process to someone dropping a bomb *from the platform the video is telling us is dropping it*. In most cases, I’d some poor fuckers are lit up by an IED or some other ground-based ord. In other cases, the shit looks clearly staged–no one is doing anything resembling reacting to being hit by air-to-ground ord. In another example, they may be dropping shit on people…but not from the Mini-B-2.
Problem-3. That angle of attack, though. So I’m now supposed to believe that the quad or hex copter filming this shit is just chilling on-loc above the kill box while this d-wing gadget swoops in and drops it’s payload *directly through* said filming rotary wing gadget? Cool story, bro.