Drones at Heathrow to be haulted by a "Death Ray"
The “threat posed by drones” is becoming more of an issue every day and Police chiefs are investigating counter measures to aid restricted London air space.
Scotland Yard said “an object believed to be a drone” hit the front of a British Airways Airbus A320, which was carrying 132 passengers and five crew, last Sunday lunchtime above Richmond Park,on its approach to Heathrow from Geneva.
The aircraft was at 1,700ft and the legal maximum height for UK drones is 400ft. Fortunately, BA confirmed that the plane landed safely and was cleared for its next flight by engineers.
Scotland Yard told the Standard on Friday that officers believe the object was a drone but transport minister Robert Goodwill played down the incident, telling Parliament on Thursday it could have been a “plastic bag”.
The Government has now suggested that it could use military-grade technology which has been deployed in Afghanistan, that downs unmanned aerial vehicles with a “death ray” jamming its radio signals. One of the trials of counter-UAV defencesystems.
The Anti-UAV Defence System is in collaboration between three British companies with costs said to be “under a million pounds”. The device is said to track the heat from a drone’s battery pack, zooms in using a powerful camera and then down the drone by blocking the signal from up to six miles away, before tracing the operator.
Chief Executive,Mark Radford, of one of the trio of firms, Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: “It allows us effectively to take control of that drone to control whether we force a crash landing or return it home to the take off site so the police or security forces can intercept the operator".
DJI, the worlds largest Drone Manufacturer, has developed geo-fencing software that blocks its UAVs from buzzing into sensitive airspace, such as airports and prisons. Even if an operator tries to fly a UAV within a geo-fenced area, it wouldn’t take off or would bounce back off the imaginary wall.