Between hobbyist racing and freestyling custom quadcopters, everyday-consumers buying anything available from Walmart or Amazon, and professional UAS operators flying $10,000 rigs for paid jobs, there are more drones filling airspace than ever before, and the numbers are only going to increase.
While most drone operators follow the rules, not everyone does, a fact that has become a nuisance for the armed forces. The Department of Defense decided it has become a serious enough threat to the safety and security of its installations, aviation and people that it sent new guidelines for its interactions “with local communities about UAS restrictions on and near military installations,” on August 4.
“We support civilian law enforcement investigations in the prosecution of unauthorized UAS operations over military installations,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said, “and though we do not discuss specific force-protection measures, we of course retain the right of self-defense. And when it comes to UAS or drones operating over military installations, this new guidance does afford us the ability to take action to stop those threats.”
Such action includes tracking, disabling and destroying drones, depending on circumstance and the type of installation where UAS activity is detected. In other words, be very careful about flying drones near military bases.