Counter-Drone

Security chiefs ‘took all measures’ to repel drone attacks during Russia World Cup

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Russian authorities had to put a stop to drone attacks during this summer’s FIFA World Cup, according to the head of the country’s federal security service. Alexander Borntikov made the announcement at a conference of international security and law enforcement officials. As part of his speech, he said: “Organs of the federal security service took all measures to detect and foil attempts by terrorists to use drones during the preparations and staging of large-scale sporting and political events, first and foremost during the World Cup held in Russia.” According to a report by the Telegraph, missile launchers and anti-drone jammers
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Mayoral aide calls for ‘counter-drone program’

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A mayoral aide in Chicago has called for a ‘counter-drone program’ due to the growing threat they pose across the US. The issue was raised by Alicia Tate-Nadeau, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications at the city council’s budget hearings. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the issue came to light after a question was raised about whose drone it was that was seen flying over the Chicago Marathon earlier in the month. As part of the meeting, she said: “Whenever a drone is following folks over the marathon, I should not have to put
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VIDEO: Footage shows what damage a drone can do to a commercial airline

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Research from the University of Dayton Institute has shown how small drones can cause significant damage on impact with large aircraft. The test, designed to mimic a mid-air collision at 238 miles per hour, launched a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter into the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. On impact, the drone did not completely collapse meaning it managed to cause serious damage to the wing of the plane. Kevin Poorman, group leader for impact physics at UDRI, said: “While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing. We’ve performed bird-strike
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Elite UAV pilot fears US is ‘not ready’ to defend against progressive drone industry

An Elite drone pilot has described how he thinks airborne threats are ‘outpacing’ US defenses. Brett Velicovich, who now advises government officials on how to defend against drones, thinks the technology in place isn’t sufficient enough to successfully fend off an attack. This news comes just over a week after President Trump signed a bill which gave US authorities permissions to shoot down drones which pose a potential risk. However, according to a report by Fox News, FBI and Homeland Security officials have recently told the senate that the US is still a long way behind when it comes to
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Local council makes ‘health and safety’ plans to ban drones in parks

Leicester City Council is making an update to its laws which will see the strict regulation of drones in its local parks. Pilots breaking the new rules could face being asked to leave the area or a fine of up to £500. LeicestershireLive reported that the drones could be banned as part of a shake-up of local by-laws to prevent problem behaviours in public places. By-laws are are enforced at the discretion of parks department staff or police officers. The council has said that the change in regulation comes as part of a plan to increase the public safety and
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BREAKING NEWS: Trump to sign drone shoot-down authorisation bill

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill which gives the US Government new powers to shoot down drones today. The bill will now authorise the Government to shoot down threatening drones in a bid to give officials and members of the public increased protection. Following the approval of the bill, which was secured in a 93 to 6 vote in the U.S Senate on Wednesday, Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will gain new authority to disable or destroy drones if they pose a threat to government facilities. Previously, the Trump administration had said it did not have
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VIDEO: Ainstein unveils new long range drone detection radar sensors

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Ainstein has announced new customisable ultra-long range drone detection radar sensors. Two variations have been made available, the airborne ULAB-D1 and the ground-based ULGB-D1. Ainstein hopes the new systems will address the need for highly precise and cost-effective tools to minimise disaster risk caused by drones. Both radars are capable of precise detection more than 1,000 meters away and have been designed to help protect high security facilities such as government buildings, airports and critical infrastructure. Watch how the ULGB-D1 works here: https://youtu.be/wAqSZdY7HXE Andrew Boushie, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Ainstein, said: “Customizable long-range radar systems are essential
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New US government rules to authorise UAV take-downs and commercial drone deliveries

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The US government is expected to write up new rules which will authorise commercial drone deliveries and allow the Department of Justice and Homeland Security to shoot down drones. The DFHS will be allowed to disable or shoot down drones they believe to be posing a threat to government buildings. According to a report from Reuters, the Trump Administration said it did not have any authority to take out potential malicious drones prior to the new rules. Last week, Commercial Drone Professional reported on a story which detailed how a security official felt the US was ‘powerless’ against drones. In
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Drone ‘accidentally’ captures prison drug smugglers

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Two men have been caught packing a drone full of drugs after accidentally leaving its camera switched on. The couple were identified following the drone’s crash on its drone drop off journey. Police discovered the drone and when looking at the footage on the camera, were able to identify the men behind the mission. The duo, named as Paul Reilly and Michael Martin, were allegedly trying to get the drugs to Martin’s brother in Perth Prison, Australia. According to a report by the BBC, Reilly was jailed for 33 months and Martin a year. The report goes on to describe
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Prisoners get local Chinese takeaway delivered ‘by drone’

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Inmates at a prison in Dublin, Ireland are believed to have ordered a Chinese takeaway to be delivered by drone. It has emerged that staff at Wheatfield Jail became suspicious after they found the leftover boxes from a local Chinese takeaway. A source, who spoke with the Irish Mirror, said there is no other way the prisoners could have got hold of the food. They said: “There’s no other conceivable way a Chinese takeaway could get into the prison other than by a drone. That’s what the staff in the jail believe anyway.” The source added: “The food containers were
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