US DoD authorises US military bases to shoot down drones


The US Department of Defense (DoD) has authorised several military bases across the country to destroy drones that are deemed as threats.

As part of the new policy, more than 130 military bases in the country can shoot down, destroy or seize both private and commercial drones flying illegally around their installations, Reuters reported.

US DoD spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis was quoted by media sources as saying: "The increase of commercial and private drones in the US has raised our concerns with regards to safety and security of our installations.

According to Davis, the new policy was approved in July.

"The increase of commercial and private drones in the US has raised our concerns with regards to safety and security of our installations.” 

Last week, an unclassified guidance was sent to all services on how to communicate the policy to communities, according to media sources.

Davis was further quoted by CNN as saying: "These specific guidelines for counter unmanned aerial systems actions in the homeland will remain classified, but, broadly speaking, they allow us to do a range of things.”

In April, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed a ban on nearly all types of unmanned aerial systems over 133 military installations and testing sites over security issues.

FAA was quoted by CNN as saying: "The 2017 enacted National Defense Authorization Act gave the Departments of Defense and Energy authority to mitigate drones in specific environments and to coordinate with the FAA to safeguard the national airspace system.

"The FAA is in the process of coordinating with these agencies as the legislation requires."