Ministry of Defence removes anti-drone technology from Gatwick Airport


EXCERPT: The “military capability” used to stop drones disrupting flights at Gatwick has been removed, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. Around 1,000 flights were impacted in the run-up to Christmas following reported drone sightings at the airport. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said on Wednesday: “The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick. “The Armed Forces stand ever-ready to assist should a request for support be received.” [...] It has since been announced that emergency talks would be held by ministers on the chaos at Gatwick for fear of copycat attacks all over Britain....


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EXCERPT: The RAF was deployed as hundreds of flights were cancelled on 20 December following repeated drone sightings. Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, but would not comment on the nature of the system. Sussex Police said no arrests had been made since a couple were released without charge on 23 December. [...] Police said at the time that attempts to catch whoever was controlling the drones were "painstaking" because "each time we believe we get close to the operator, the drone disappears; when we look to reopen the airfield, the drone reappears". [...] It was previously reported that the Israeli-developed Drone Dome system, which can jam communications between the drone and its operator, was deployed. However, it is understood the MoD is still waiting to receive the equipment and an alternative system has been used at Gatwick. A £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case has been offered by Crimestoppers, which said it had "passed on close to 30 pieces of information to law enforcement within the first 24 hours"....


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