Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Military Can Destroy Drones Over US Bases: Pentagon

The US military can now shoot down consumer drones it considers a threat Military Bases Can Now Shoot Down Drones That Are Trespassing
Saul Franklin | 09 August, 2017, 00:27

The policy would affect 133 military installations, the Department of Defense said.

If you own a commercial or privately-owned drone, you now fly over any military base at the risk of losing your aircraft.

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The policy is classified.

Unclassified guidance has been sent out to all branches of the armed forces on how they can communicate this message with local communities. Davis told reporters that USA military bases "retain the right of self-defence when it comes to UAVS or drones operating over [them]".

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Pentagon officials say the private or commercial drones could also be seized.

The Air Force, for example, maintains its arsenal Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles in 150 underground silos in vast fields around Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.

It was not immediately clear whether the new policy has changed access to the airspace above the silos or at other bases.

Drones have rapidly grown in popularity in the United States, and the FAA in March estimated the market would grow from about 1.1 million small personal drones in 2016 to more than 3.5 million by 2021.

The Pentagon and FCC announced a new rule in April prohibiting drone flights within 400 feet of 133 domestic installations and said that pilots caught violating the restriction would be subject to arrest. Davis said the military will determine how to handle each situation on a case-by-case basis depending on each circumstance and the type of installation where unmanned aircraft are loitering. Additionally, terror groups like ISIS have been able to weaponize commercially available drones, increasingly using them in combat in Iraq and Syria.

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