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Latvian police could use nets to catch drones

BC, Riga, 27.04.2016.Print version
The Interior Ministry in Latvia does not have special equipment to interrupt unlawful flights by unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, but the State Police, based on foreign colleagues' experience, recommend using nets to intercept drones, which would require approximately EUR 180,000 from the state budget, informs LETA.

Use of drones in Latvian airspace and measures against illegal drone operation were discussed at a closed meeting of Saeima Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee today.


According to the State Police, portable pneumatic launchers SkyWall 100, which can be bought from a British manufacturer for approximately EUR 50,000, offer the opportunity to capture drones and safely land them. The launcher works at distances of up to 100 meters.


In the meantime, the police in Japan are testing special drones with nets that catch other drones and land them.


Yet another opportunity is arming police drones with Sparrowhawk aiming and net launching system. The system is produced by another British company, and costs approximately EUR 130,000.


According to the Interior Ministry, the second and third option are currently being tested by Latvian drone maker Drone Technology, which also offers equipping police drones with thermal and optical cameras.

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