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British Security Experts: Regulation, Tech Key to Counter Hostile UAVs

droneU.K.-based Open Briefing and Oxford Research Group have published a joint report that recommends regulatory, passive and active countermeasures meant to help government organizations stop hostile use of unmanned aerial vehicles by nonstate actors.

The report says terrorist organizations, organized crime groups, insurgents, corporations and activists can use commercial drones to gather intelligence or conduct attacks.

In the 24-page report, British security professionals wrote policymakers should implement regulations to limit the attack, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of unmanned aircraft.

The authors have also proposed use of multisensor technology that work to alert authorities of drone presence in no-fly zones as well as anti-drone system options such as lasers, malware and directional radio-frequency jammers.

They also said guidance is needed to allow police and armed forces to deploy kinetic weapons as a last line of defense against hostile UAVs.

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