Police chiefs in Britain are collaborating with NATO to develop anti drone technology that will fight the threats that surround drone use. This is actually a viable tool in the fight against terrorism and forces are looking at ways in which systems can be identified, tracked, and disrupted. The police chiefs are also in international partnership with the US and Europe “to develop the appropriate technical response.”
Prof. David Dunn from the University of Birmingham says the dangers of terrorists making use of drones cements the need for new methods of controlling drones. He also mentioned that the increase in the number of hobbyists drone use also called for more protection of airspace.
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“If you look at the drone use in America, incidents of near-misses of aircraft are particularly concerning,” Professor Dunn said. “Therefore there is a degree to which inevitably there will be a collision unless some means is found to regulate, to stop and to prevent the unregulated use of these systems in same airspace as ours.
“Aircraft at two or three hundred feet could be attacked with drones or multiple drones and swarmed in the engine. That can bring down a large aircraft with devastating effects.”
The major airports in the UK are already part of discussions on what technology will give the best defense against drones. Government departments nationwide and indeed worldwide are undertaking demonstrations and evaluations of disruption systems.
Three major players are involved in this battle—Enterprise, Chess Systems, and Blighter—and they have created the anti-UAV defense systems (AUDS) and have also put pen to paper with the United States on an Agreement to test the capability for airports.
Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance, says they have already tested the system, which costs just below US$1.31 million in about 20 countries and have had inquiries from over 50 countries.
“There is of course a growing threat to airports, military bases, and government establishments,” he told Sky News. “We rapidly detect, track with the thermal camera, and then disrupt the communications to that drone and then by careful application of the jamming system we can either force the drone to land or force it to return back to the operator and then track it on the radar so the security forces can follow it and intercept that operator.”
It was already foreseen that anti-drone technology will be used in stadiums for the Euro 2016 championships to monitor happenings in and around them. Ziad Khoury, the tournament’s security chief, said the technology would handle any drones that will be seen hovering above no-fly zones around all 10 stadiums and training grounds. Khoury described the technology as a “dissuasive measure that didn’t exist at previous sports events.”
This technology can go a long way into improving the safety and security of the airspace above us and ultimately make for a safer environment. Drones and illegal drone activity will be checked and balanced, and with his technology, the required action can easily be taken to put the illegal drones out of order.