South Korea adopts layered counter-drone approach to Olympic security

South Korea’s security protection procedures for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, starting on 9 February, incorporate a layered response to drone incursions over prohibited areas.

A tactical surveillance aircraft will hover above the event venues at all times.

Areas near Olympics venues in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, and Jeongseon will be classified as no-fly zones. A drone detection radar developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) is deployed around the stadium and athlete village, backed up by 900 smart, integrated CCTV cameras.

In the event of a suspicious drone incursion security forces on the ground will deploy radio signal-jammers. In the air “drone catching” drones equipped with nets will be launched and if these measures do not work then special forces agents equipped with shotguns aboard helicopters will shoot down the intruding drones.

Around a million spectators and athletes – along with 26 heads of state from 21 countries – are expected to visit the opening and closing ceremonies and event venues during the Olympics

(Picture: Pyeongchang Olympics anti-Terrorism and Safety Headquarters)

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