Gatwick’s £1m bat­tle drones

Sunday Express - - MODERN LIFE OF ROYALS - By Marco Gian­nan­geli

ANTI-DRONE tech­nol­ogy used to pro­tect Prince Harry’s wed­ding is now per­ma­nently sta­tioned at Gatwick air­port.

Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling said the Bri­tish sys­tem is “new and un­avail­able else­where in the world”.

The £1mil­lion sys­tem was ini­tially called in be­fore Christ­mas after drones caused flights to be grounded for more than a day.

The AUDS (Anti-UAV De­fence Sys­tem) has been used by Bri­tish troops in Iraq and by Spe­cial Forces in Syria, where it has downed more than 700 weaponised Is­lamic State drones since Septem­ber 2016.

Spe­cial Forces also used it on May 19 to cre­ate a de­fen­sive shield around Wind­sor for the royal wed­ding.

AUDS de­tects an ae­rial in­truder that breaches a vir­tual cor­don and breaks the link be­tween drone and op­er­a­tor, freez­ing the sys­tem above a drop zone where it will fall once its power runs out.

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