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UK plans to provide military-grade anti-drone security to all airports

January 11, 2019 / Airport Technology

The British Government is reportedly considering plans to deploy military-grade anti-drone equipment after an intrusion by illegal drones caused chaos at two of the busiest airports in the UK. The proposed measures come after drone sightings at Gatwick Airport in December prompted the airport to halt operations for 36 hours and cancel almost 1,000 flights. Heathrow Airport was also forced to suspend operations for almost an hour when a drone violated the airport’s airspace zone. The government ordered its law enforcing agencies, including police, aviation, and defense chiefs to cooperate with the airports to investigate the incidents and avoid any re-occurrence.