US nuclear agency deploys counter drone technology to secure no-drone zones

The US government Y-12 National Security Complex has deployed a system to counter all unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), says the Y-12 press release.  Y-12 airspace is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated no-drone zone.

The counter drone system is intended to detect, identify, and track potentially malicious UAS threats. A threat is defined by the FAA as the reasonable likelihood that a UAS or unmanned aircraft activity, if unabated, could inflict or otherwise cause physical harm to a person; inflict or otherwise cause damage to property or systems; interfere with the operational mission of a covered facility or asset; conduct unauthorized surveillance or reconnaissance; or result in unauthorized access to, or disclosure of, classified or protected information. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act provides the legal authority from Congress for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to protect its facilities through its counter UAS programme.

“The National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office (NPO) is announcing this deployment and the airspace restriction to the public to minimize the threat of unauthorized UAS flights over Y-12,” said Teresa Robbins, NPO Manager. “This will enhance our ability to effectively protect this vital national security facility.”

Y‑12 aims to provide a safe and effective US nuclear weapons deterrent. It retrieves and stores nuclear materials, fuels the nation’s naval reactors, and performs complementary work for other government and private-sector entities.

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