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Imminent Drone Threats 2018

A specialty conference for selected decision makers

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Registration: 0830 – 0900
Conference: 0900 – 1500

Silver Spring Country Club
N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive
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Security in the 3rd Dimension

THE PROBLEM

Drones operated by the Clueless, Careless, or Criminals pose serious threats and these threats will continue to increase. You will be well aware of the extent of the problem to:

  • Airspace
  • Prisons
  • Public Venues
  • Aeromedical
  • Data Centers

 

SOLUTIONS

Today, Whitefox Defense technology products can detect reliably the presence of drones beyond the of sight. We will describe and demonstrate features of this technology. It operates in the background until it detects a drone and alerts a nearby operator. The alerted operator is in full control and may choose to force it to land. This electronic mitigation does not use any form of jamming and is safe to use around airports and other sensitive locations.

The participant will leave with a clear understanding of the dangers presented by drones and several available defense mechanisms to keep their facilities safe from the Clueless, Careless or Criminal operators of aerial drones.

First-Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim

First-Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim

We knew this day was coming.
PETER DOCKRILL
11 JAN 2018
Ever since technological advancements made drones possible, people have warned of the potential dangers of weaponised UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), which could effectively become murderous slaughterbots we need to defend ourselves against.
[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”] Now, it looks like those fears have become a reality. The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked a week ago by a swarm of home-made drones – the first time such a coordinated assault has been reported in a military action. According to the Ministry of Defence, Russian forces at the Khmeimim air base and Tartus naval facility “successfully warded off a terrorist attack with massive application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)” last Friday night. 991 drone swarm attack russia 2Russian Ministry of Defence “As evening fell, the Russia air defence forces detected 13 unidentified small-size air targets at a significant distance approaching the Russian military bases,” the Ministry said in a statement. “Ten assault drones were approaching the Khmeimim air base, and another three – the CSS point in Tartus.” Six of the assault force drones were intercepted by Russian electronic warfare units, with three of the UAVs being brought to land outside the base, while the remaining three exploded on contact with the ground. Another seven drones were “eliminated” by Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missiles fired by the Russians, with the bases reporting no casualties or damage, the statement explains. If the report is accurate, the Russian forces are lucky the attack wasn’t worse, because whoever unleashed these drones wasn’t fooling around. While photographs of the improvised UAVs used in the assault make the drones look clunky and strung together, the Russians’ analysis reveals they were armed with explosives and launched from a site more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) distant from their targets, navigating the trek via GPS and altitude-control sensors. The Ministry says a technical examination indicates these drones would have an effective attacking range of about 100 kilometres (62 miles) – which is pretty terrifying – and means that in the new era of UAV warfare, locations that once may have seemed immune to attack, are in fact exposed. “They thought the base was secure, but now it seems it is vulnerable,” Maxim Suchkov of the Russian International Affairs Council told The Washington Post. 991 drone swarm attack russia 2Russian Ministry of Defence It’s unknown who launched the swarm, with the attack being unclaimed at present. But the Russians have hinted that the technology used was too advanced for local militants, seen as a suggestion it could have been supplied by US forces in the vicinity – something the Pentagon says is “absolutely false”. There’s an awful lot about this incident that’s unconfirmed right now, but one thing we can be sure of is this technological first could usher warfare into a terrifying new chapter – and towards a grim future scientists have been desperately warning we need to prevent. “Who knows how accurate some of these details really are, but if the number of drones launched at the facility is anywhere near correct, it would seem to be the first self-contained, large scale, coordinated, standoff drone assault on a fixed installation like this,” Tyler Rogoway reports at The Drive. “It seems that the age of drone swarms has arrived, and that’s a terrifying reality to comprehend.”

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Sunday’s incident at Gatwick, where a drone spotted on the airport’s final approach path caused the runway to be closed for two separate periods, has understandably received a lot of press coverage.

The incident caused significant knock-on effects for air traffic control, beyond just stopping arrivals while the runway was closed and caused serious disruption in the sky above southern England.

It is always the airport’s decision whether to close the runway to arriving aircraft. Safety is always going to be the number one priority and Gatwick was left with little choice on this occasion, given the location of the drone.

Our job is to work with the airport to manage and minimise the disruption caused by such a closure. This is no small challenge when you’re talking about the world’s busiest single runway airport in some of the world’s busiest airspace, particularly during a busy summer weekend. I was in the Operations Room when the call came in on Sunday.

Our first job was to divert aircraft coming into land away from the runway. This meant tactically manoeuvring aircraft to avoid the runway, which significantly increases controller workloads. This is where a controller’s extensive training really comes to the fore, managing multiple aircraft in a relatively confined area of airspace…and keeping them safely separated at all times.

We directed the aircraft back to the two holds that support Gatwick – one called Timba to the South East of the airport and another called Willo to the South West. You can see this in the radar replay footage below. With the runway closed, these holds soon started to fill up and it wasn’t long before we had to open the contingency hold – Mayfield – as well.

The Drone U

Published on Dec 27, 2017

Bill English took us on a tour of the NTSB research facility in Ashburn virginia to detail the drone/helicopter crash that occcured in New York earlier this year. Was the pilot following the rules? What happened to the helicopter? How did the NTSB find the drone pilot? All this and more in today’s episode.

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