Gatwick drone shutdown
Defence firm Raytheon has developed a mobile system to protect the military and airports from drones.
By Justin Rowlatt
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The Ministry of Defence has launched a competition to find "innovative solutions" to address the increasing drone threat to the defence and security of the UK.
The total funding for the competition is expected to be at least £2m.
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the MOD’s innovation hub, is seeking "robust and cost-effective next-generation solutions" to the risks posed by hostile Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).Quote Message: As the security threats from hostile drones are evolving at pace, it’s critical that our armed forces benefit from the very latest technology to stay ahead. This competition will draw on the brightest and best of our defence industry." from Gavin Williamson Defence Secretary
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BBC News NI
Drones banned within 5km of airports and runways
BBC Live reporter
MPs are to hold an inquiry into the use of drones.
The investigation, by the Science and Technology select committee, comes after reports of a drone flying over Gatwick caused major disruption for two days before Christmas.
It was followed by a similar but much smaller incident at Heathrow.
With the government planning a drones bill later in the year, the committee wants to examine the effectiveness of safety measures built into drones and what anti-drone technology is available.
It will also look at plans for registering civilian drones and the economic opportunities they offer.
The committee is asking for written evidence by 12 April.Quote Message: Now is the time for us to influence Government thinking in light of recent incidents and the upcoming Drones Bill." from Norman Lamb MP Chair, Science and Technology Committee
By Tom Burridge
Transport correspondent, BBC News