European unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Aerialtronics says it has been working with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) to develop the Interceptor, a system for protecting the public from potential threats resulting from the unlawful use of UAVs.
A small UAV recently flew undetected and crashed onto the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. This incident, Aerialtronics says, raises the questions of whether small UAVs can be effectively detected and brought down in case of risk.
To combat this, the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, in cooperation with the police, has started the Interceptor development program and has invited companies to submit proposals.
The Interceptor system will be equipped with means to pursue a menacing UAV, bring it to the ground in a controlled way and render it harmless. The system will be able to tailor its response according to the situation and threat level.
The system is likely to be deployed as a mobile, as well as fixed, system. The first phase of this project will consist of a feasibility study aimed at drafting the requirements and characteristics of the desired system.
Aerialtronics notes that it is a supporter of the Know Before You Fly campaign.