The drone survival guide published online


Ruben Pater published silhouettes of the most common flying drones and a nice protection / survival guide. This document is now available for download in 25 languages and Ruben is adding new localisations.

We have already advise you about The rise of drones and have described Wing Loong and Reaper.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been used for decades, but in the last decade they’ve been playing a bigger role in combat operations. MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers have been used in Afghanistan and other operational theatres both for reconnaissance and strike missions.

We have also informed you about the Britain’s Stealthy Thunder God an you can read more about Britain’s Stealthy Thunder God – the BAE Taranis here.

But what about your personal protections from those deadly beasts? Just follow the techniques described by Ruben Pater and you’ll be safe!

Hiding from drones
Hiding from drones


Original text from the website: [blockquote right=”pull-left”]For Unofficial use only Global Drone deployment U.S. Military English / Pashto 21st century birdwatching Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes.

Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. Soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them. This survival guide is an attempt to familiarise ourselves and future generations, with a changing technological environment.

Anti drone heat camouflage
Anti drone heat camouflage


This document contains the silhouettes of the most common drone species used today and in the near future. Each indicating nationality and whether they are used for surveillance only or for deadly force. All drones are drawn in scale for size indication. From the smallest consumer drones measuring less than 1 meter, up to the Global Hawk measuring 39,9 meter in length. To keep this document widely available it can be downloaded in .pdf or .doc format. New translations will be made available over time.   DISCLAIMER This document is for information purposes only, with the intent of free distribution of publicly available information. We do not condone violent or destructive behavior against people or property in any way or form. All content may be freely shared, adapted, and translation for non-commercial purposes. Available for free on the website. Hiding from Drones Drones are equipped with extremely powerful camera’s which can detect people and vehicles at an altitude of several kilometers. Most drones are equipped with night vision, and/or infrared vision camera’s, so-called FLIR sensors. These can see human heat signatures from far away, day or night. However there are ways to hide from drones.

  1. Day camouflage: Hide in the shadows of buildings or trees.

Use thick forests as natural camouflage or use camouflage nets.

  1. Night camouflage: hide inside buildings or under protection of trees or foliage. Do not use flashlights or vehicle spot lights, even at long distances. Drones can easily spot this during night missions.
  2. Heat camouflage: Emergency blankets (so-called space blankets) made of Mylar can block infrared rays. Wearing a space blanket as a poncho at night will hide your heat signature from infrared detection. Also in summer when the temperature is between 36°C and 40°C, infrared camera’s cannot distinguish between body and its surroundings.
  3. Wait for bad weather. Drones cannot operate in high winds, smoke, rainstorms or heavy weather conditions.
  4. No wireless communication. Using mobile phones or GPS based communication will possibly compromise your location.
  5. Spreading reflective pieces of glass or mirrored material on a car on a roof will confuse the drone’s camera.
  6. Decoys. Use mannequins or human-sized dolls to mislead the drone’s reconnaissance.

Hacking Drones Drones are remote controlled. The pilots operating the drone can be thousands of kilometers away at Ground Control stations. The control link is the satellite transmitted datalink by which the pilot controls the plane. By jamming or intercepting the datalink, one can interfere with the drones controls. The data link can be encrypted but often is not.

  1. Interception. A sophisticated technique is using sky grabber software with a satellite dish and a TV tuner to intercept the drone’s frequencies. Communication from and to the drone can be intercepted.
  2. Interference. By broadcasting on different frequencies or pack of frequencies the link between the drone pilot and the drone can be disconnected.
  3. GPS spoofing. Small, portable GPS transmitters can send fake GPS signals and disrupt the Drones navigation systems. This can be used, for example, to steer drones into self-destruction flight paths or even hijack them and land them on a runway.

Sources: ‘Health Ranger’s intelligence analysis of military drones: payloads, countermeasures and more’,, July 16, 2012. By Mike Adams ‘The Al-Qaida Papers – Drones’, This document is one of several found by The Associated Press in buildings recently occupied by al-Qaida fighters in Timbuktu, Mali. Associated Press, Feb 2013. ‘Evading Thermal Imaging And Radar Detection’, United States Militia, Special Forces.[/blockquote]

You can download the brochures in English and other languages on the above mentioned website.