A scientific team from the Helmut Schmidt University of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg, together with partner companies, has developed a civil defense system against drones. At the end of the three-year “Falcon” project, they presented the system on Tuesday on a sports field at the university. During the maneuver, the defense drone tracked an enemy small drone using various sensors and recorded it as a target. After approval by a responsible person, a net shot out of the defense drone, with which the opposing drone was caught and brought to the ground in a controlled manner.
The system is primarily intended to protect airports. German air traffic control counts well over 100 illegal drone flights in no-fly zones per year. The Falke system is intended to give the federal police the opportunity to intervene with an appropriate and safe means. The project had already been presented at Hamburg Airport in September 2021. However, a deployment could not be demonstrated at the time because the weather was too windy.
Several technical companies, the federal police and German air traffic control as well as Hamburg Airport and Lufthansa are involved in the project. The EU project was financed by the Federal Ministry of Transport with 1.8 million euros.
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