Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

London Heathrow and Gatwick airport to deploy anti drone technology

London Heathrow and Gatwick airport to deploy anti drone technology

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Defence confirmed military equipment being used at Gatwick had now been withdrawn from the Sussex airport.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled from December 20 following repeated drone sightings near the airport's single runway.

It came after more than 1,000 flights were delayed and 140,000 passengers were affected by drone sightings at Gatwick airport between December 19 and December 21 a year ago.

"The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick".

The technology included the Israeli-designed Drone Dome system, The Times reported.

The system is said to have a range of several miles and uses four radars to give 360-degree detection to identify and track targets.

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Heathrow has also recently purchased cutting-edge technology, according to The Times, as airports across the world weigh up how to respond to a similar threat.

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Gatwick says it's already panic-spent a massive £5m on anti-drone tech to mitigate future attacks, although neither airport has said what particular brand or aerial protection solutions they're buying, lest someone work out how to hack them within, say, five minutes of being deployed atop the roof of the on-site fire station.

Mr York defended the decision to hold Mr Gait for an extended period, despite his employer saying he was at work during the drone flights.

Police said there will be information relevant to this enquiry within the community and, with a £50,000 reward on offer for information from Gatwick Airport Limited, it is vital that people come forward so the force can bring to justice the person responsible for this criminal act.

A Gatwick spokesperson insisted the airport would be just as well protected against drones now that the military had left: "We have invested several million pounds to ensure that we are equipped to the level of security that was provided by the armed forces".

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