Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Military Can Now Shoot Down Drones Getting Too Close To Installations

The Military Can Now Shoot Down Drones Getting Too Close To Installations

The Defense Department has issued new guidance to military installations about how to respond to drones and other unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that are deemed a threat to USA bases. The Pentagon sent the services guidance on how to communicate its new rules to local communities on Friday.

"These specific guidelines for counter UAS actions in the homeland will remain classified, but, broadly speaking, they allow us to do a range of things", including "incapacitating them or destroying them", Capt. Davis said. Davis said all bases, "retain the right of self-defense when it comes to UAVs or drones operating over [them]". This new policy affects 133 USA military bases.

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"The new guidance does afford of the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking". Drones may also be tracked or seized for investigative purposes.

The Military Times highlighted one issue bound to arise from the new policy, noting that it isn't always clear which airspace belongs to the Defence Department. As reported by Military Times, the policy was first sent out in July, and though the exact contents are classified, it contains details on how to engage with drones when they are approaching or enter a military no-fly zone. The watchdog has forecast that US-based hobbyists will own more than 3.5 million drones by 2021, and that there could be a further 1.6 million commercial models in operation. Exactly how each base will deal with a drone based threat, "will depend upon the specific circumstances" said Davis.

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