Global provider of drone detection and mitigation products, DroneShield has recently noted multiple media reports of a video recently recorded by an unknown drone pilot flying his or her drone disturbingly close to a Frontier Airlines passenger jet as it came in to land at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
The video shows the drone 'dive bombing' the passenger jet - rapidly dropping towards it from above, as the passenger jet approaches the runway. This near-miss follows a number of incidents involving drones and manned aircraft. Recent incidents included:
Each incident of near collision between manned aircraft and drones has the potential of causing a heavy loss of life, both in the air and on the ground. Further, each such incident has the potential to cause substantial economic losses.
Airports are not powerless against the nearly-emerged (and no longer emerging) drone threat. DroneShield’s DroneSentinel drone detection system provides early warning of an incoming drone, including the location of the drone and the pilot. The system includes passive radiofrequency, as well as radar, acoustic, thermal and optical sensors.
DroneSentinel can be optionally combined with a jammer (in the DroneSentry product) to neutralise the incoming drone threat, following the detection. Additionally, DroneShield’s DroneGun is capable of mobile deployment to intercept rogue drones, as a tactical gun-like jammer.
Airports around the world have commenced budget allocations to drone detection and mitigation. DroneShield is proud to be in partnership with proactive rather than reactive infrastructure industry market leaders globally. But more needs to be done, in order to prevent the otherwise inevitable tragedies from happening.