Heathrow, Gatwick Airports Investing in Anti-Drone Technology


Britain´s two largest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, are investing in anti-drone technology.

This action is followed after a severe disruption at Gatwick airport caused by drone sightings in the run-up to Christmas.

On December 20, British army was deployed to London Gatwick after the airport grounded all flights, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded over some of the busiest days of the year.

“We have invested several million pounds (dollars, euros) in providing ourselves with the equipment and the technology that the armed forces deployed over Christmas,” a Gatwick Airport spokesman told media.

He further said investment was made “in the days immediately after” the disruption. However, he refused to give details, saying only that it had “equivalent capabilities” to the anti-drone technology used by the military.

A spokesman for London Heathrow airport, also said they would be investing in anti-drone technology.

The spokesperson said, “The safety of our passengers and colleagues remains our top priority. Working closely with relevant authorities including the Met Police, we are constantly looking at the best technologies that help remove the threat of drones.”

Two people, a middle-aged couple who lived near Gatwick, were arrested over the suspected “criminal use of drones” but later released without charge.

The police were criticized for their handling of the incident after a detective admitted it was a “possibility” that no drones had actually been in the area — despite the discovery of a damaged device near the airport perimeter.


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