If 2018 was the year of the drone, 2019 could be the year of the anti-drone.
As London’s Gatwick airport was closed for over 36 hours shortly before Christmas because of over 50 drone sightings, the big question many people were asking was why wasn’t anti-drone technology deployed immediately? The answer is, it’s complicated.
In August 2018 the British government procured Rafael’s Drone Dome counter unmanned aircraft system for military use. Military and government agencies are reported to have used Israeli-based Rafael technology to trap the drone and bring it down safely. But the Sussex and Surrey policeforces could not use an anti-drone device like this without special authorisation.
Prevention is always better than cure. Several anti-drone technology companies are focusing on ways to prevent a hostile drone from reaching its target by interfering electronically. more