EU injects €15million into anti-drone project

Fourteen members of the European Union have pledged members of the European Union have pledged €15million into the Joint European System for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (JEY-CUAS) – a body that does exactly what its name suggests – for the development of a new generation of anti-drone measures, also referred to as counter UAS.

With 38 organisations from the fourteen member states signed up, the programme is scheduled to run for two years.

Its objective is to develop methods and techniques with which stray and illegally operating drones can be detected, identified, tracked and combated.

“The Joint European system for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (JEY-CUAS) project will promote systems and subsystem-level technologies to develop a new generation C-UAS system based on a modular and flexible plug’n’play architecture to meet the emerging challenge of micro and mini drones increasingly being used for defence purposes,” the organisation said in a statement. “The solution will help improve situational awareness and responsiveness to overcome the growing resilience of drones to first-generation C-UAS systems to keep pace with new LSS (Low, Small, Slow) threats from the air and reduce minimum response time.”

If successful, these measures will then eventually be deployed for use in the European Union.

The European project comes at a time when, in the USA, a Texan tourist crashed his Mavic Air 2S into the glass panel at the 7 World Trade Centre in New York City.

Adam Ismail said he was touring the city when he came across a fountain near the Oculus and the World Trade Centre and just felt inspired to shoot a video of it.

Except he had no idea that drones are not allowed to fly in the city; and he had no idea that he was flying in the vicinity of the scene of one of the most heinous terrorist acts in US history.

As fate would have it, Ismail lost control of the drone, which got wedged into between the glass panels of the building, an accident which resulted in the tourist enduring a six-hour interrogation by local police and the FBI.

In his defence, Ismail said his drone, which is usually reliable in notifying him about no-fly zones, did not warn him that the area was off limits for drones.

He was let off with a fine.

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