Qatar World Cup 2022: Using Drones To Protect Stadiums

Unmanned aerial vehicles that shoot nets to bring down drones are reportedly being used to help defend venues at this winter’s Fifa World Cup in Qatar. These interceptor drones reflect growing fears about the threats that potential drone attacks pose.

Drone interceptor systems are a safe way to bring down drones in built-up locations, reducing the risks of injury that might be caused if weapons were used. Autonomous and radar-guided, the interceptor drones fire nets to immobilise and ground target drones which may then be carried to another location. For larger drones, a net is launched at the target, which is connected to a parachute, slowing the entangled drone, and forcing it to the ground.

Targets are identified using a series of radar that are distributed throughout the venue, creating a 360-degree picture of the venue’s airspace. The machines themselves are stationed roughly a mile away from the venue providing an expanded line of defence outwards from venues, giving defenders more time to respond.

There are alternative systems for stopping drones, that rely on interfering with drone control signals, however as technology advances more and more drones are being pre-programmed so they can’t be jammed, rendering the systems ineffective.

But why are drones such a concern?

The threat from terrorist use of drones has increased as the technology has become more accessible. The use of commercial drones that have been modified into weapons throughout conflicts in both Yemen and Ukraine has highlighted the growing risks that this technology presents, meaning interception systems are becoming increasingly common.

Despite these countermeasures, there is still a concern as the tech develops. Some drones can push out 200mph (322km/h) and some attackers may modify drones to be more manoeuvrable – further challenging interception methods. So-called “swarms” of multiple attacking drones would also present a challenge – but by requiring attackers to employ countermeasures, all drone defence systems make attacks harder, and so reduce the likelihood of one taking place. As drone capability expands over the next few years, authorities and law enforcement will need to adapt to the threats they pose. The biggest single problem is that drones are not sufficiently regulated. No single agency has yet claimed overall authority to deliver the regulation necessary to prevent drones from becoming a serious threat to society.

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