Gatwick and Heathrow buying anti-drone equipment

Drones close Gatwick airport

On Thursday, January 3, the Ministry of Defence confirmed military personnel had been withdrawn from Gatwick.

An aircraft prepares to land at London Gatwick Airport after flights resumed following the closing of the airfield due to sightings of drones.

"The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick. As Gatwick's new industrial partner, Vinci Airports will support and encourage growth of traffic, operational efficiency and leverage its worldwide expertise in the development of commercial activities to further improve passenger satisfaction and experience", added Notebaert.

The Israeli-developed Drone Dome system is believed to be part of the technology used at the airport by the British Army.

Despite mixed messages from those responsible for the investigation, York has now confirmed that he is "absolutely certain" that there was a drone flying near the runway during the disruption.

Drone sightings caused chaos at Gatwick, Britain's second busiest airport, last month, disrupting the travel plans of tens of thousands of people in the run up to Christmas.

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The system has a range of several miles and uses four radars to give 360-degree detection to identify and track drones.

Transport Minister Chris Grayling met police, aviation and defense chiefs on Thursday to discuss the issue, according to The Times newspaper, which first reported the orders.

Mr York defended the decision to hold Mr Gait for an extended period, despite his employer saying he was at work during the drone flights.

A Gatwick spokesman said: 'The airport invested several million pounds to ensure it is equipped to the level provided by the Armed Forces and this was in place within days of the main drone incident on December 20.

Sussex Police arrested a couple but they were quickly released without charge, with no other arrests being made since.

Two drones found near the airport were ruled out of being involved.

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