London airports invest millions in anti-drone technology

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Two of London’s busiest airports are investing in anti-drone equipment in order to prevent any further inconveniences and flight disruptions from happening.

140,000 passengers were affected between 19 and 21 December and about 1,000 flights were cancelled during the three days because of the drone sightings.

A Gatwick spokeswoman has confirmed the airport have invested in anti-drone defenses after the disruption, but both Gatwick and Heathrow have not disclosed the technology they plan to use to counteract the threat.

Gatwick claims to have spent £5m to intercept any future attacks, and Heathrow has confirmed it will also be buying systems.

During the chaos at Gatwick last month, the RAF deployed an Israeli Drone Dome system which detects drones and jams all communications to its operator.

The system allegedly has a range of several miles, using four radars that give 360-degree detection which helps identify and track targets.

A spokesman for Heathrow said the safety of their passengers and colleagues remains their priority.

He said they will work closely with relevant authorities including the Met Police, and are always looking at the best technologies to ‘help remove the threat of drones.’