The US Military Can Now Shoot Down Consumer Drones

The US Military Can Now Shoot Down Consumer Drones

The policy would affect 133 military installations, the Department of Defense said.

Drone enthusiasts take heed: If you don't want to see your precious drone blasted into a million pieces, keep clear of U.S. military installations.

The government has become more strict about drone rules and what happens when you break those rules, and latest among its efforts to curb improper drone usage is a new policy that lets the military shoot them out of the sky.

The policy is classified. Davis told reporters that United States military bases "retain the right of self-defence when it comes to UAVS or drones operating over [them]". "The new guidance does afford the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking". Drones may also be tracked or seized for investigative purposes. But the land is only leased from commercial and private farmers who use the rest of the area for crops or livestock. As it stands, the FAA bans operating drones over these military bases, though sometimes this happens for reasons other than ill-intent - namely, operators not realizing they've gravitated into a protected airspace. All drone activities within the United States must follow Federal Aviation Administration rules and guidelines.

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In April, almost all flights over USA military facilities were banned due to security concerns.

For now, bases can act "upon the specific circumstances" and deal with the problem however they see fit.

Previously, penalties for unauthorized drone use in no-fly zones has only included fines and / or jail time, though enforcement of these penalties is hard due to inconsistent violation language and, according to a report by Motherboard, disorganization within the FAA that has lead to a "fragmented" database for drone infractions.

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