UK Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel concluded their counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) mission at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex on 2 January. The operation began in response to reports of unidentified UAVs flying near the airport during a three-day period in December 2018.
The airport was closed for prolonged periods between the evening of 19 December and the afternoon of 21 December in response to about 67 sightings of drones flying near or over the airport, a Sussex police spokesperson said on 24 December.
Military sources say the C-UAV systems were operated by a small detachment of personnel from the RAF’s 90 Signals Unit, based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.
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