UK: Gatwick and Heathrow airports invest millions in Israeli Drone Dome system
The UK’s two busiest airports Gatwick and Heathrow are to spend millions of pounds on Israeli anti-drone technology following the disruption at the Sussex airport before Christmas.
Gatwick and Heathrow airports have brought in equipment at an equivalent level to that used by the Armed Forces.
It comes after 36 hours of chaos between 19 and 21 December caused by drone sightings around Gatwick. About 1,000 flights were canceled and more than 140,000 passengers at Gatwick were affected over three days.
Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, and Heathrow confirmed it would be buying systems.
The Israeli-designed Drone Dome system was reportedly deployed by the military at Gatwick amid last month’s chaos.
The system can jam communications between a drone and its operator, while it also uses a laser beam in order to locate and destroy hostile drones.
It is said to be able to intercept drones at a range of several kilometers.
A spokesman for manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems said that there had been a lot of interest in the product from the authorities in the UK and other nations, but declined to confirm whether Gatwick had bought a system.