With this new partnership signed on May 3, 2021France is strengthening its anti-drone system. The ADP group (Paris Airport Managers), the Aerospace Army and the CNES (National Center for Space Studies) join forces in an alliance aimed at this Prevent unauthorized drones from entering sensitive locations. Some of the most closely watched locations include the Guyanese Space Center, the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and the 2024 Olympics.
France is strengthening its anti-drone system
This newly signed agreement is valid for five years. In the Air Force press release we can read the following: “This agreement specifically aims to strengthen the protection of the Guiana Space Center. CNES, the Aerospace Army and CNES will work together on three issues: threat assessment, sharing experiences on the threats feared, and technical sharing to benefit each other’s experiences “.
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The fight against drones is not a new topic in France. According to Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Space, this concept really came to fruition in 2019. Two years ago, the very first “Special Aviation Security System” (DSPA) was used at the Paris-Le Bourget international aerospace exhibition. The idea of such a device is pretty simple: “Temporarily or permanently prohibit aircraft from entering the airspace so that it does not become a threat”.
A partnership to anticipate possible incidents during the 2024 Olympics
In another register, the American defense systems company Raytheon delivered its first anti-drone laser weapon to the US Air Force in 2019. Instead of a simple device, the Americans I just imagined a weapon to destroy unauthorized drones. Let’s say this is another vision of fighting drones. This laser system uses infrared and electro-optical sensors to detect and track drones flying in unauthorized airspace. Ready-to-use anti-UAS (Unmanned Air System) technology.
Income in France. The agreement between the French Air Force, CNES and the ADP group should also make it possible to improve the security of the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games. According to EASA (Aviation Safety of the European Agency) more and more incidents occur in Europe with unauthorized drones. From 600 events in five years between 2011 and 2015 to Almost 2,000 only in the course of 2019. Airports are sometimes even forced to close due to such incidents. In London, for example, Heathrow Airport is equipped with an anti-drone system.