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Hostile drones: Supplementary risk assessment

by Chris Abbott, Matthew Clarke, Steve Hathorn and Scott Hickie
A civilian quadcopter in flight
A civilian quadcopter in flight

This briefing is provided as a supplement to the Open Briefing/Remote Control Project report Hostile drones: The hostile use of drones by non-state actors against civilian targets.

The overall risk from the hostile use of drones by non-state actors against British targets is assessed to be medium, though the threat from terrorist organisations and insurgent groups is assessed as high. This is based on a risk assessment involving 270 individual likelihood/impact judgements taking into account the type of threat group (terrorist, insurgent, criminal, activist or corporate), the type of unmanned vehicle (aerial, ground, surface marine or submersible marine), the theatre (domestic or international), the nature of the threat (attack or intelligence) and the target (long-term static, temporary static or mobile).

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