United Kingdom airports order military-grade anti-drone equipment

United Kingdom airports order military-grade anti-drone equipment

In a statement, the MoD said, "The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick".

Hundreds of flights were cancelled from December 20 following repeated drone sightings near the airport's single runway. "The armed forces stand ever-ready to assist should a request for support be received", said the Ministry of Defence.

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.

Last month, British authorities sought help from the military after a number of drone sightings over Gatwick, Britain's second-busiest airport, forced it to shut down, disrupting travel plans of tens of thousands of people just before Christmas.

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

The anti-drone equipment can detect and jam communications between a drone and its operator and was deployed on a roof at Gatwick.

The system has a range of several miles and uses four radars to give 360-degree detection to identify and track drones.

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Britain's two largest airports Heathrow and Gatwick will invest millions of pounds on anti-drone equipment, according to local media Sky News' report on Friday.

Last week Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said police had received 115 reports of sightings in the area.

Mr York told BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "I am absolutely certain that there was a drone flying throughout the period that the airport was closed".

A spokesperson for Gatwick said the airport has spent "several million pounds" on the technology, but did not disclose details about the equipment.

Sussex Police, meanwhile, is believed to be continuing to pursue a number of lines of enquiry with a number of suspects in its sights.

No one has been charged and no credible drone has yet been found.

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