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The Right’s Time to Fly? Exploring the Possibility of Right-Wing Extremists’ Use of UAVs


Main Image Credit A small UAV flying over a city at dusk. Courtesy of Adobe Stock/Naypong Studio


While far-right chatter indicates an interest in the use of UAVs for attacks, other methods remain more popular.

UAVs have been used by non-state actors in the past decade. However, no known attack by right-wing extremists has been carried out using them. Håvard Haugstvedt reviews recent developments in attacks – through online activity in open forums and by examining groups that have already used UAVs in their operations – by such actors, to explore the possibility of right-wing extremists adopting UAVs. The article argues that right-wing extremist groups lack a strong entity, such as

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