>On the Utilization of Drones
I have heard that South Africa unlike Angola, the Congo and Zimbabwe doesn’t have adequate ‘bush’ for black terrorists to conduct guerrilla operations from. The bush in these countries was used to its full advantage, the rebels concealed their movement through it, and used it to launch ambushes or mine on the roads. Because South Africa has plains and grasslands, not bush; Drones might be very useful to spotting hostile mobs and potential ambushes along evacuation routes. Furthermore, I think drones could be used to great effect in each phase of the Plan. https://suidlanders.org/our-emergency-plan/
If each local group had a single multi-rotor drone- they could provide applicable use in local situation to get away from the mob, town, city or farm and to the rally point. As the plan is carried out and personnel further consolidates. Multi-rotor drones could be used for maintaining around-the-clock situational awareness or in-depth tactical recon.
Fixed wing drones can provide a more operational role for recon. Ideally there would be one per regional group.
This is relatively cheap compared to state actors
X40 multi-rotor drones would be a total of 200K
X5 Fixed wing drones would be a total of 125K
I would say this would come out a grand total of about 300K with an additional 23% for unexpected costs, training and maintenance.
I see three problems with this:
>limits in loiterer time, range and payloads
While there is a wide array of commercial quadcopters made for filming and observation in real time, there are made for short periods of use. From my experience with quadcopters, most have very short battery life- less than two hours of constant use is expected. Plane-like drones, on the other hand, by design are made for slow, high altitude, long term loitering, but they seem to be less commercially available.
These commercial drones are still quite expensive especially in consideration of currency exchange rates. No doubt with the kind of stuff you plan to be utilizing these for you would need the high-end stuff. A lot of the cheaper units are novel toys for kids and beginner hobbyists or made with cheap materials that are not robust or usable for my proposed use. An affordable professional fixed-wing model will most likely cost from 4,000 to 25,000 USD. http://store.appliedaeronautics.com/
These seems inline with others price points. Compare this with the ‘go to’ of quadcopter drones with listings from $1,500 to 5,600 USD. https://store.dji.com/
Lastly as I have seen, military grade radio and cellphone jammers have been used in farm attacks. These put simply could result in the loss of the drone or at least could render useless and grounded. This is most serious.