Police will set up a mobile counter-drone unit equipped with BAZOOKAS to protect jails and prisons 2 min read

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Police will set up a mobile counter-drone unit equipped with jamming equipment and BAZOOKAS to protect jails and prisons

  • Officer unit to be armed with shoulder launched bazookas to bring down drones  
  • There has been a surge in drone incidents with six reported a day on average 
  • Police will be given new powers and resources in Parliament to deal with issue

Police are to set up a mobile counter-drone unit capable of bringing down devices caught near airports and jails.

The new technology will include military-grade cameras, radar and radio frequency scanners to detect rogue drones. 

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The unit will have electronic jamming equipment and shoulder-launched bazookas to shoot them down.

Police, who have struggled to catch and prosecute people because of detection difficulties, are now being given more powers and resources as part of a new bill before Parliament [File photo]

Police, who have struggled to catch and prosecute people because of detection difficulties, are now being given more powers and resources as part of a new bill before Parliament [File photo]

There has been a surge in incidents, with six reported a day on average – up 45 per cent in three years.

A number of sightings at Gatwick airport caused chaos last December when around 1,000 flights were cancelled or diverted over 36 hours. 

Other airports including Heathrow have had to suspend flights due to reports of drone activity this year.

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Drones have also been used by criminals to smuggle drugs, weapons and phones into prisons.

Police, who have struggled to catch and prosecute people because of detection difficulties, are now being given more powers and resources as part of a new bill before Parliament.

An awareness campaign will also be launched to encourage the public to report suspicious activity.

The new technology will include military-grade cameras, radar and radio frequency scanners to detect rogue drones. The unit will have electronic jamming equipment and shoulder-launched bazookas to shoot them down [File photo]

The new technology will include military-grade cameras, radar and radio frequency scanners to detect rogue drones. The unit will have electronic jamming equipment and shoulder-launched bazookas to shoot them down [File photo]

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