Gatwick and Heathrow Airports buying anti-drone equipment; Troy Roberts, chairman of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Emerging Technologies, says legal issues could be ahead

Anti-drone equipment was deployed by the RAF at Gatwick until this week/GETTY


Anti-drone equipment was deployed by the RAF at Gatwick until this week

Gatwick and Heathrow are to spend millions of pounds on anti-drone technology following the disruption at the Sussex airport before Christmas.

The equipment, which can detect and jam communications between a drone and its operator, was deployed by the RAF on a roof at Gatwick last month.

About 1,000 flights were cancelled over three days due to drone sightings.

Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, and Heathrow confirmed it would be buying systems.

More than 140,000 passengers at Gatwick were affected during 36 hours of chaos between 19 and 21 December.


 “As drone technology progresses, anti-drone technology is not far behind.  The emerging use of anti-drone technology, whether by private, governmental, or other actors, may raise as many legal issues as drones do themselves.”

–Troy Roberts


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