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As US regulators grapple with the safety, privacy and national security concerns posed by a boom in the use of recreational drones, lawmakers worried about their use for malicious ends have advanced legislation aimed at letting Defense Department and Energy Department facilities defend themselves against them. While the US Federal Aviation Administration has yet to report any serious incident involving a drone at a nuclear facility, fears and speculation have been fueled by a commercial quadcopter’s crash landing on the White House lawn last year, and a Massachusetts man’s guilty plea in 2012 to plotting attacks on the Pentagon and US Capitol building with an explosive-laden model plane. Drones reportedly buzzed nuclear facilities around France 32 times over two months in 2014, according to a report commissioned by Greenpeace, sparking concern the country’s nuclear reactors are unsafe from aerial assaults and jangling nerves in other nations about the potential threat. Greenpeace activists say they have crashed two remote-controlled aircraft(a drone and a tiny radio-controlled plane) into a French nuclear plant to highlight the lack of security around the facility. (‘Defense Bill Has Nuclear Facilities Fighting Drones’, Joe Gould , May 7, 2016 )
There are no legal restrictions on flying drones less than 150 meters above 87 (about 37 percent) of the Self-Defense Forces' 238 major facilities across Japan, a Defense Ministry study has revealed.
(‘No restrictions on low-altitude drone flights over 37% of SDF facilities’, Mainichi Japan December 10, 2018)
At the end of December, Gatwick Airport, the second largest airport in the UK was shut down after a drone was reportedly sighted flying nearby. Flights resumed at the airport three days later, after the British Army reportedly brought in an Israeli-built drone defense system.
(‘The systems are comparable to what the British Army brought to Gatwick in December’, Andrew Liptak@AndrewLiptak, Jan 5, 2019)
The risk of drones on major facilities is increasing day by day, and DABIN Systems will develop and improve counter drone systems to protect major facilities from UAVs attacks.