Politics

MoD launches £2m competition to counter drone threat

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The Ministry of Defence has launched a £2m competition for proposals to tackle the threats posed by UAS. Organised by DASA, the Defence and Security Accelerator, it is seeking robust and cost-effective next-gen solutions. It is part of a move from the MoD which is looking to develop new defensive capabilities which draw upon autonomous decision-making mechanisms and networked sensing systems to detect, track, identify and defeat hostile UAS. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As the security threats from hostile drones are evolving at pace, it’s critical that our armed forces benefit from the very latest technology to stay ahead.”
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Counter drone systems ‘logical’ investment for airports, says Defence Secretary

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Defence secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, thinks investment into military-grade counter drone systems is ‘logical’, following disruption at Gatwick and Heathrow in recent weeks. Speaking to reporters during a visit to RAF Marham in Norfolk, Williamson gave his thoughts on the recent incidents at the London airports and how he thinks it should be handled in the future. According to a report from the Guardian, he said: “I think that everyone would be expecting all airports to be having this detection, and deterrence effect also, at all commercial airports in the future. It is a logical thing for them to be
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