U.S. military bases may now strike down commercial private drones that intrude their airspace, whether intentionally or otherwise, following approval from the Pentagon.
CAST Navigation explains that the development of drones requires significant time, from tedious research to actual testing using a GNSS signal simulator. For this reason, you may want to steer clear of restricted areas to avoid your equipment being blasted into pieces.
Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis said that the approved policy, which was sent to armed services in July 2017, reflects a maintained sense of security for unmanned aerial vehicles. It also permits bases to track, disable and even confiscate wayward drones. Each base will have the discretion of handling UAV’s that approach or enter a military no-fly zone based on certain circumstances, according to Davis
The policy will cover 133 military bases, including those that are presumed to have banned unauthorized drone within their territory, the Defense Department noted. Much of the details about the new policy are considered classified information. It follows the Federal Aviation Administration’s restriction of any commercial or private drone flying near these military facilities earlier this year.
Prior to the policy’s enforcement, those found to have unauthorized drone activity near military facilities would face jail sentences and/or fines. However, these sanctions have been difficult to implement due to inconsistencies on what constitutes a violation.
The new policy offers limited information due to its classified contents, although uncertainty on the Defense Department’s coverage of airspace would likely cause confusion. Some UAV’s are equipped with virtual geographic boundary technology, which allows them to avoid restricted areas. Still, this feature is not always accurate.
Most of the information about the approved policy remains classified data, so it’s best to stay away from military bases when testing UAV’s for now until the Department of Defense says otherwise.