VIDEO: Dubai Airport unleash drone hunter to guard DXB
Dubai Airport will soon deploy a ‘drone hunter’ to keep wayward drones out of its airspace, the Dubai Civil Authority has announced.
The move comes following the latest drone incursion at the UAE’s busiest airport, the third busiest in the world, which forced all incoming and outgoing flights to be cancelled for 90-minutes.
The shutdown of the airport cost around US $90-million, according to industry estimates.
The ‘Hunter Drone’ currently being tested will track down these illegal drone offenders to prevent such incidents in the future.
The Hunter Drone is also remote controlled like other drones but has thermal and infrared imaging to detect drones that are in danger of straying into the airport’s airspace.
Once it has locked on to a drone approaching the airport, the aircraft follows it back to its owner and sends the coordinates to the Dubai Police so that they can intervene.
Dubai is not the first city to deploy counter drone measures around the airport, in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, civil aviation authorities are now using trained bald eagles to swoop down and destroy rogue drones that stray into airport airspace.
Dubai’s ‘Hunter Drone’ is expected to be fully operational by the end of December.
Watch the video below.