Behind the Growth Market in Counter-Drone Technology

A U.S. Air Force Reaper drone at the Singapore Airshow, Singapore, Feb. 11, 2020 (AP photo by Danial Hakim).
A U.S. Air Force Reaper drone at the Singapore Airshow, Singapore, Feb. 11, 2020 (AP photo by Danial Hakim).

Decades of technological advances have made drones readily available not only to governments, but to non-state groups, commercial actors and hobbyists as well, for everything from military strikes to package deliveries. The United States last month used an MQ-9 Reaper drone to assassinate Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. In September, an attack on Saudi oil facilities utilizing drones and cruise missiles temporarily cut Saudi oil production in half. Even smaller, unarmed drones can cause massive disruptions. In December 2018, London’s Gatwick Airport, the second-busiest in Britain, shut down for 36 hours after a drone was spotted nearby, causing hundreds […]

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