UK airports could use virtual domes to prevent illegal drones

British airports could introduce large virtual domes which protect runways from illegal drones to prevent further aircraft grounding incidents and cancelled flights. 

According to the Evening Standard, the multi-million-pound, 30-mile-high digital shields, can discover and jam unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by locating its operator through tracking remote control signals.

The Standard has been told the company is in discussions with Heathrow Airport about the use of the virtual dome, which is similar to Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile technology.

According to sources, the Aartos (Advanced Automatic RF Tracking and Observation Solution) system is used in some nuclear plants and at Muscat International Airport, as protection for a NATO summit last year (2018).

Feature image by The Independent