Thursday, 27 June, 2019

UK Ministry of Defence Withdraws Military Counter-Drone Tech From Gatwick

Drones close Gatwick airport Drones close Gatwick airport
Russell Knight | 06 January, 2019, 17:12

"The concerns are about the nuisance caused by the noise of drones, privacy due to drones carrying surveillance equipment, and the potential danger they could cause to wildlife, animals and people particularly when landing", a council report said. "The Armed Forces stand ever-ready to assist should a request for support be received", the MoD added in a statement.

The Israeli-designed Drone Dome system was reportedly deployed by the military at Gatwick amid last month's chaos.

Gatwick was brought to a virtual standstill between the 19th and 21st of December when several drones were spotted above the airfield.

UK Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg is set to chair a Department of Transport meeting next week, which will be attended by the heads of all British airports, in an attempt to come up with a nationwide anti-drone strategy, reports said.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: "The safety of our passengers and colleagues remains our top priority. Working closely with relevant authorities including the Met Police, we are constantly looking at the best technologies that help remove the threat of drones", he said.

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More than 140,000 passengers were affected just before Christmas as 1,000 flights to and from London's Gatwick Airport were cancelled or delayed.

It is said to be able to intercept drones at a range of several kilometres.

Particularly as Sussex Police are still hunting for those responsible and don't appear to be any closer to understanding what happened.

Sussex Police continues to progress a thorough and comprehensive criminal investigation into the illegal drone activity at Gatwick, which led to airport disruption.

These included 93 confirmed as coming from "credible people" including a pilot and airport staff. Skylock, the company that manufactures the technology, is one of many now specializing in detecting and downing intruder drones by "jamming" them, or disrupting their frequencies.

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