ISIS is reportedly developing heat-seeking land-to-air missiles and high tech self-driving suicide car bombs using human ingenuity.
According to videos obtained by Sky News, the Islamic State group is now developing its own weapons in labs in Syria. They include land-to-air missiles for targeting military jets and civilian airplanes as well as self-driving car bombs
Telesur TV reports:
The United Kingdom-based Sky News released video footage showing a lab believed to belong to the Islamic State group and located in Raqqa, the group’s stronghold in Syria, where engineers of several nationalities could be seen experimenting with different weapons and hi-tech tools.
Sky News says the video was provided to it by fighters of the anti-government Free Syrian Army.
— Warfare Worldwide (@WarfareWW) January 6, 2016
The video shows that the Islamic State group could potentially use thousands of missiles deemed by Western governments as outdated. The main problem with those missiles and rockets is that their thermal batteries are expired, making their heat-seeking warheads useless. However, the footage shows that the militants have found a way around the problem and created their own functional thermal batteries. Heat-seeking warheads can be used to attack passenger and military aircraft. They are 99 percent accurate once locked on. The video also shows that the extremist militants have been producing self-driving cars that can be used as bombs in countries where recruiting suicide bombers would be difficult.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) January 6, 2016
But in order to escape sophisticated scanning machines that protect military and government buildings in the West, the car bombs would be equipped with dummy drivers or mannequins with self-regulating thermostats to produce the heat signature of humans.
The raw footage obtained by Sky News seems to be intended for internal use and as training videos for members of the extremist groups in other countries.
“Their advanced knowledge of weapons engineering, coupled with their seemingly limitless ability to reverse engineer and recondition weapons (which until now intelligence agencies had considered obsolete and beyond repair) kept me awake all night,” U.K. Major Chris Hunter, former special forces bomb technician, wrote in a commentary on the video.
Sky News said it had identified engineers from Turkey, Syria, Pakistan and other countries as working on the weapon development programs.
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