Military Capabilities

RAF team maintains counter-UAS mission at Gatwick airport

31 December 2018

Personnel from the UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) are continuing to provide counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) coverage at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex after unidentified drones were reporting flying near the airport over a three-day period earlier in December.

At least one of the UK's newly acquired Rafael Drone Dome C-UAS systems was photographed on top of terminal buildings at the airport on 21 December during the period of drone sightings, which led to Gatwick being closed and more than 1,000 flights cancelled or diverted.

RAF personnel were identified operating the Drone Dome system, which was recognisable by its distinctive radar antenna and electro-optical sensors.

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