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Heathrow installs German drone defence system

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Anti-drone systems have been deployed at Heathrow airport as part of the airport’s bespoke set of end-to-end counter drone measures to help to keep the country’s busiest airfield free from drones.

The system is supplied by German company Aaronia. The system works by detecting and tracking drones in surrounding airspace and alerting airports of unauthorised drone use quickly and efficiently. This new and innovative system also works to locate the drone pilots themselves and can be used to identify their location.

This technology has been specifically designed for Heathrow airport and comprises of a variety of leading counter drone technologies, including systems from Aaronia as a central component of this anti-drone architecture.

“The safety and security of our passengers and colleagues is our number one priority. That is why we’re investing in this new cutting-edge technology, such as among others Aronia’s drone defence system, which will enhance our capabilities in the detection and deterrence of drones in and around our airfield. We’re delighted to have this unique system keeping our skies safe and helping passengers and cargo to get to their destinations on time,” said Jonathan Coen, Director of Security.

This news follows the introduction of legislation, introduced in March 2019, prohibiting unauthorised drones from being flown within the Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) which extends out to 5km of any airport boundary. Pilots who break the law and fly without permission within a Flight Restriction Zone in the UK can face a prison sentence of up to five years.

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