“We’ll take them all down” – Anti drone technology gets fully operational at Dublin Airport – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

“We’ll take them all down” – Anti drone technology gets fully operational at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport operator daa has said its new anti-drone technology is now fully operational and ready for deployment once it receives the necessary regulatory approvals, reports RTE.
In the first eight weeks of 2023, the airport was closed six times due to illegal drone activity, resulting in multiple detours and delays for thousands of passengers.
Last month, flights at Dublin Airport were suspended for around ten minutes after a drone was spotted near the airport.
The airport operator purchased anti-drone technology earlier this year and trained airport fire brigade officers.
Following changes to the law introduced by the government earlier this summer, communications regulator ComReg granted Daa a license to operate anti-drone technology, reports RTE.
The equipment will allow airport workers to jam the frequency, take control of the drone and land it safely.
“daa is constantly engaged in maintaining safety in relation to illegal drone operations near our airports,” a daa spokesperson said, reports RTE.
“We acted quickly in response to the Government’s direction on this matter, purchasing the counter-drone equipment and training our relevant personnel in its use within just weeks,” the authority said, reports RTE.
“Having recently received the necessary approvals, the anti-drone technology is fully operational and available for use as and when required at Dublin Airport. We remind all drone users that it is illegal to operate a drone within 5km of any Irish airport,” daa added, reports RTE.

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