36 hours of flight disruption and cancellations at Gatwick Airport finally ended earlier this month after the British Army used Israeli anti-drone technology.
If you somehow missed one of the biggest drone stories in 2018, more than 140,000 passengers were delayed and around 1,000 flights were diverted or canceled between December 19-21 this month after drones or drones repeatedly flew through the Gatwick Airport area.
While the trials are underway, the British Army carries an expensive Israeli anti-drone system intended to prevent drones from flying into the area. Forbes reported that in August 2018, Britain had paid several million pounds for Israeli-produced Drone Dome, Rafael's Advanced Defense System – a system usually intended to defend airspace against hostile drones.
This technology works by pinpointing the location of unauthorized UAVs and jamming radio frequencies that deactivate communication between pilots and UAVs, making them unable to fly.
- British police reported that two unmanned aircraft found near the airport were not involved in the incident
- So far they have searched for 26 sites in the area around Gatwick
- Sky News reported that the British Police were investigating "relevant sightings" by 115 witnesses, including 93 of "credible witnesses" which included pilots, airport staff and police officers.
- Despite the advanced technology used by the army, no suspects were detained. The police don't know the making or model of a drone.
- Gatwick Airport still offers a £ 50,000 ($ 63,500 USD) reward for information that leads to arrest and punishment for those responsible
- The motives of people or people who fly drones to airports are still unknown
- The Sussex police chief admitted that some apparitions might have come from police drones (now isn't that laughing?)
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