Response to Drone Assassination Attempt on Venezuelan President

August 5, 2018

Venezuelan president in apparent assassination attempt by explosive-carrying drones

On Saturday, news reported that as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gave a speech in Caracas, drones carrying explosives approached him and detonated. In a statement on Venezuelan network VTV, the Minister of Interior Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol, indicated two drones were involved, each carrying 1 kg of C4 explosive. The assassination attempt failed, but while Maduro was unharmed, several soldiers were reported to be injured.

What happened in Venezuela is a stark reminder of the power of drones as weapons. This isn’t the first time drones have been used for malicious purposes, and it won’t be the last. Drones are here to stay, and technology can help identify where and when they fly, and how they can impact our safety. Counter-drone technology is critical to help provide warning of approaching, unauthorized drones, and identify or apprehend the pilot.

Dedrone’s technology supports emergency responders and security personnel to understand airspace activity and secure their operations against drone threats. Drone detection is a common technology used at global economic meetings, protests, parades, and other major events where politicians, VIPs and the public gather. Counter-drone technology is a critical element of a proactive security ecosystem, which, if incorporated at/near the event site today, could have given security personnel an opportunity to assess and address the threat before the damage occurred.

No airspace is immune to drone threats. For more information on how Dedrone technology secures the airspace, visit

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