British police are being trained to use bazookas in case that a copycat offender strikes. The move is a repercussion after hundreds of thousands of passengers were stranded at the airport after a series of drones were allegedly flown into the airspace earlier last week.
The Metropolitan police service are working at nearby Heathrow airport to test out the bazookas, which are launched by being placed on the shoulder. The weaponry is capable of catching a drone that is 130 yards away and operates by launching a net into the sky at high speed.
Government chiefs have approved of training police to use the Skywall 100 system, which would ordinarily be used for a civil drone threat. OpenWorks Engineering, the company behind Skywall 100, said their equipment is designed to include a parachute, meaning a drone can be brought back to the ground safely, in order to be able to analyze it for evidence.
Openworks promotional material states: "The best way to neutralize a drone is to physically intercept it. This neutralizes any type of drone, whether flown manually or autonomously."
It’s estimated around 140,000 people suffered canceled or delayed flights following almost 70 reported sightings of a drone at Gatwick. The airport shut its runways as a safety measure for 36 hours.