INTERPOL conducts large-scale drone countermeasures exercise – Eurasia Review
INTERPOL and Norwegian police conducted a three-day exercise to assess and test drone countermeasures in a secure airspace environment.
Held in Oslo from September 28-30, the live exercise brought together law enforcement, academia and industry experts from Europe, Israel and the United States to test and assess 17 counter- drone measures to ensure the safety of an airport environment through the detection, monitoring and identification of drones and their pilots. These systems appear to be essential elements to ensure the security of airports, airspace and protect no-fly zones over cities, prisons and critical infrastructure.
Each countermeasure was evaluated and scored against specified criteria. The results will be consolidated to create a countermeasures framework for INTERPOL drones that will be made available to law enforcement in the 194 INTERPOL member countries, creating a global focal point for collaboration and sharing of information. knowledge.
The exercise took place at Oslo Airport Gardermoen while it was active. Due to the complexity of the exercise, the event required close collaboration with airport owner Avinor, the Norwegian Communications Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority and UAS Norway to ensure that all systems and tests met required standards and did not affect airport operations.
After months of collaborative preparation, the Norwegian police were tasked with conducting the tests in partnership with INTERPOL, Avinor and the Norwegian Communications Authority.
In addition to exercises, workshops and presentations on drone incursions for the preservation of evidence were also organized. These sessions allowed participants to share best practices and discuss possible future solutions for drone incursions.
Although countermeasures can be used to detect, identify, and locate a drone in an area, many countries do not have legislation allowing authorities to interfere with a drone while it is in flight. This is a huge challenge for law enforcement, governments and airspace owners, showing that there is a clear need to improve understanding of drone threats, as well as the mechanisms guidance and reporting.
INTERPOL’s Innovation Center is a partner in the European-funded Courageous project, which aims to create a European-wide framework for the selection, testing and evaluation of drone countermeasures for forces of the order.
In May 2020, the Innovation Center released the INTERPOL Framework for Responding to a Drone Incident for First Responders and Digital Forensics Specialists, and annually brings together key global players through the INTERPOL Drones Platform.