Drone detection companies called to Heathrow following departure disruption


Drone detection firms were called into a meeting at Heathrow last night, following departure disruption caused by a reported drone sighting on Tuesday.

A report from Sky News described how several companies were called in as authorities at Heathrow continue to look for the potential culprit after a drone sighting reports were made, including one from a police officer.

The disruption on Tuesday came nearly two weeks after the Gatwick shut down at Christmas which spanned across three days.

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Teams working at Gatwick, like Heathrow, have also been unable to pinpoint those responsible, with some speculation been made on whether a drone had been present at all.

According to the Sky News report, Operational Solutions, a drone defence firm based in Reading, said it could install its technology at any UK airport within 24 hours and cover the entire site within a week.

However, counter drone systems were deployed by the military at both sites during the ongoing incidents and were unable to catch or track any of the reported drones.

Both airports have said they are investing millions in technology to combat the threat of drones, while Liverpool and Southend airports also confirmed they were trialling anti-drone systems.

This week, Commercial Drone Professional reported on the transport secretary’s plans to bring in new drone laws.

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Transport secretary to introduce new drone laws within months

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