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Army thwarts NEW drone attack at Gatwick with flights able to resume in just 80 minutes

December 22, 2018 10:01 AM
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Army thwarts NEW drone attack at Gatwick with flights able to resume in just 80 minutes

FLIGHTS have resumed at Gatwick airport after another drone sighting grounded flights for 80 minutes as airport chiefs say the 'military measures' in place ARE working.

Flights were temporarily suspended again on Friday night after another confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield. The airport says “military measures” would ensure the safety of passengers as they shut down another drone amid the travel chaos that has affected around 120,000 passengers since Wednesday. A man and a woman were arrested last night by police who had been hunting the drone gang for four days.

Britain’s second busiest airport was brought to a temporary standstill at 5:10pm last night, due to a further drone attack which has caused major disruption for Christmas travellers.

But just over an hour later planes returned to the air with an airport spokesman confirming military measures had proved effective.

The military deployed equipment that has been deployed is believed to be capabale of jamming signals to the rogue devices as well as tracking them.

A statement read: “Flights have now resumed at Gatwick following a reported drone in the area.

“While we investigated, airfield movements were suspended. This was a precautionary measure as safety remains our main priority.

“The military measures we have in place at the airport have provided us with the reassurance necessary that it is safe to re-open our airfield.”

Calls for toughter anti-drone detection systems at UK airports has been renewed, as it is questioned why no 'early warning' systems are currently in place in the UK.

US airports use jammers to block frequencies used to control drones, causing them to stop working if they go near a commercial or military runaway.

In August, it was revealed that the British Army had bought an Israeli anti-drone system, which will be used to protect sensitive facilities in the UK.

The technology is said to be able to detect drones 3.5km (2.2 miles) away. The Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars technology by Rada Electornic Industrialis can also disable an airborne drone in two seconds from its five kilowatt "hard kill laser effector".

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said the Government was loking at counter-drone technology.

She said: "Technology in this area is obviously moving incredibly quickly, but we need to make sure we're able to stop such activity in the future."


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