News & Events > Gatwick Drone Operators Had ‘Detailed Knowledge’ Of Airport

Gatwick Drone Operators Had ‘Detailed Knowledge’ Of Airport

  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Categories: Counter Drone News

Inside job. Suspicion grows that drone operators who shut down Gatwick airport had inside knowledge

The police have no new lines of inquiry, as their investigation into who was behind the drone disruption at Gatwick airport last Christmas petters out

And suspicion is growing that the disruption was an inside job, after the police report said that people with “detailed knowledge” of Gatwick used two drones to shut down the airport for 30 hours.

Days before Christmas, Gatwick airport had to take the unprecedented decision to close its single runway over a three day period, after drones were spotted. Every time attempts were made to re-open the runaway, drones appeared once again.

Multiple sightings

The multiple appearances of a number of mysterious drones delayed the Christmas get away of 140,000 passengers and disrupted 1,000 flights.

Despite an extensive police search and the use of military systems, as well as £50,000 reward, the unidentified drone operators were not caught.

A couple were arrested, but were released without charge. The police also reportedly carried out 1,200 house-to-house inquiries and took 222 witness statements in a police operation costing £790,000.

According to the Guardian newspaper, during the drone attack at the airport, Sussex police received 129 sightings of drone activity, with 109 of these from “credible” witnesses including a pilot, plus workers and police at the airport.

READ FULL ARTICLE COURTESY OF SILICON.CO.UK

Related Posts

  • FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

      November 16– Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports. This week, the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are […]

  • Implementing Combat Lessons with C-UAV Capabilities

    Determined to meet the challenge of hostile Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), the US Army acquired a number of countermeasures able to defeat such threats using electronic warfare. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria pioneered the use of commercially available micro drones armed for attack or suicide missions. These weapons were used on a large […]

  • ORBITAL ATK CREATES INTEGRATED, COUNTER UAS CAPABILITY

    At DSEI, Orbital ATK showcases Tactical-Robotic Exterminator (T-REX), a mounted and integrated version of the combat-proven Liteye AUDS non-lethal Electronic Attack (EA) capability combined with the lethal defeat capability of the Orbital ATK XM914 30mm BUSMASTER Chain Gun. This new mounted system integrated with tactical radar detection and electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors, provides great Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) identification […]

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Visit our Privacy & Terms of Use here.