Counter-UAS systems will be deployed around nuclear plants, transport hubs, oil rigs, and other critical infrastructure across the UK. This effort is meant to protect from the growing threat of drones through an £8 million Home Office project.
The Government quietly commissioned the counter-drone technology that will be deployed at major public events, such as the Coronation of King Charles, the Commonwealth Games, and the Eurovision song contest, to name a few.
These systems are designed to enable police and security services to track small or medium-sized drones and use technology to detect drones even when no radio frequency signals are emitted.
This technology will enable law enforcement to better enforce no-fly zones around restricted sites, including nuclear plants, government buildings, and military buildings.
Security officials are concerned with the growing capability of drones for terrorists to cause serious harm and physical and economic damage at major sites or events.
Over three days in 2018, about 1,000 flights were canceled or diverted, affecting approximately 140,000 passengers, due to a suspected unauthorized drone in Gatwick’s airspace.
The announcement from the Home Office comes as many major airports, prisons, and other infrastructure around the world have begun deploying technology to provide airspace awareness and security.