Indications & Warning (I&W) Concerning Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) Counter-Drone (CUAS) Capabilities C/O Futures Cartel Imagery Archive Robert J. Bunker and Matt Begert
20 July 2023
The Mexican cartels have been utilizing weaponized drones since October 2017 with the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) the leader in this area of illicit tactical innovation. As various cartels have been targeting each other with this weaponry the expectation exists that dedicated counter-drone capabilities, beyond small arms fires, would start to appear in their arsenals. While no proclamation from CJNG exists related to counter-unmanned aerial systems (CUAS) being possessed by that cartel, imagery is beginning to appear—from an indications & warning (I&W) perspective—that they are now being sporadically fielded.