The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has selected Leonardo to carry out a three-year study into the current threat posed by hostile drones and how this is likely to evolve in the future. The research also evaluates a range of technologies that could form a future RAF counter-drone capabilities which could be used to protect RAF bases. The programme will commence in 2020.
The threat from rogue drones is rising, with small and affordable vehicles widely available of the open market. Drone technology is evolving rapidly, creating challenge for organisations which need to secure themselves against the misuse of such craft. The RAF’s research programme will inform how the Air Force will respond to current and future threats and keep pace with technology over time, examining how operators will be able to detect, track, identify and meet the threat of rogue drones.
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