US Military Can Now Blast Wayward Hobby Drones Out Of The Sky

US Military Can Now Blast Wayward Hobby Drones Out Of The Sky

US Military Can Now Blast Wayward Hobby Drones Out Of The Sky

The Pentagon has sent new guidance to the armed services that lays out the military's authority to disable or shoot down any drone that violates airspace restrictions over a US base and is deemed a security risk.

It's illegal to fly most drones above quite a few US military bases, but a new Pentagon policy takes that a step further: The military can now shoot down or seize drones that get too close.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the various branches of the military received the new guidance on Friday, and this would be passed on to bases across the country.

If you own a commercial or privately-owned drone, you now fly over any military base at the risk of losing your aircraft.

In April, almost all flights over United States military facilities were banned due to security concerns. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.

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"The 2017 enacted National Defense Authorization Act gave the Departments of Defense and Energy authority to mitigate drones in specific environments and to coordinate with the FAA to safeguard the national airspace system", the FAA said in a statement to CNN.

Wired reported that at the conference, officials showed footage of low-priced drones firing semi-automatic weapons, said that Syrian rebel groups were buying up drones for use in combat, and flashed images showing drones worth $5,000 fitted with weapons taking out a convoy of armored vehicles.

What Caused the U.S. Army to Create This New Policy?

The FAA already regulates how and where small UAS are allowed to fly.

The newly given green light to destroy drones follows an April Pentagon order, banning drones from flying over military bases.

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