London’s Gatwick Airport has been prompted to take action following the suspected drone sightings in December 2018, which grounded more than 1,000 flights and impacted 140,000 passengers.
It has recently taken delivery of a drone defense system from Heliguy which will form part of the airport’s broader solution which protects the airport from a wide range of unmanned aircraft systems.
Heliguy initially stepped into the breach in December following an appeal from Gatwick for an expert supplier to provide a temporary DJI AeroScope detection unit, amid the pre-Christmas disruption.
Since then, Heliguy has been working with the airport to build the right drone defense package – managing infrastructure, supplying the equipment and offering consultancy and out-of-hours advice along the way.
And after an initial trial period, Heliguy was confirmed as one of Gatwick’s chosen partners, which culminated in the permanent installation of its counter-drone solution. Heliguy will continue to provide assistance to Gatwick.
A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said: “Following the incident at Gatwick Airport last Christmas, we have stepped up our counter-drone technology to ensure the continued safety and resilience of our airport.
“We want to ensure that every passenger has a calm, relaxed and enjoyable experience at Gatwick Airport and enhancing our drone defense will help to ensure there is no repeat of last year.
“Heliguy responded quickly to our initial request for drone defense in December and pulled out all the stops to make this happen. Since then, we have worked closely with them to build part of the airport’s overall solution and they have provided wide-ranging support and expertise along the way.
“With their help, as well as others, we are now able to provide leading-edge counter-drone resilience for Gatwick Airport, our passengers and wider stakeholders.”