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 investing in.”

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He added: “It wouldn’t be right to expect the Royal Air Force to be the people that are constantly stepping in on this.”

This comes after transport minister, Chris Grayling MP, informed his colleagues yesterday that there was no ‘perfect’ solution yet.

He told parliament: “Let us be clear: there is no perfect, off-the-shelf system available to airports that will simply deal with this problem overnight.”

The report from the Guardian included a response to the comments from No 10.

A spokesperson said: “The government has been encouraging airports to invest in commercial solutions to protect themselves around drones and many airports have already done so. The point that the transport secretary was making is that none of these solutions are a 100% mitigation because there are many different types of drones and counter-drone tech is still developing.

“That’s why government departments are working with industry to make sure that airports are protected from drones in the future.”

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