Israel-made Drone Dome posted at Gatwick airport

The anti-drone Drone Dome system developed by Israel was deployed at Gatwick airport to halt the disruption caused by rogue drones which forced the cancellation of 1,400 flights in 36 hours. Tens of thousands of holiday-season travelers were left stranded in one of the world’s largest airports. On Saturday, Dec. 22, the airport authorities began returning Gatwick to normal, after two suspects were arrested, although running the full schedule of 757 flights for 125,00 passengers will take time.

Drone Dome was deployed at Gatwick because of its capacity to jam an intruding drone’s broadcasts and in effect cut communications between the drone and its operator. The drone is rendered useless and out of control.

The British army bought six Drone Domes from Israel’s Rafael in August for $20m after observing its performance in the field during the siege on ISIS in Mosul and in battle with ISIS in eastern Syria. The British army acquired the system with its communication jamming elements and electro-optical identification component – but without its hard-kill laser.
Four batteries, when posted around a potential target, provide 360-degree protection at ranges of 3.5-10km and detect the approach of a rogue drone at a distance of 50km. It may be operated from a stationary site or from a mobile vehicle.

DEBKAfile’s military sources say the system was designed to protect Israeli air space from hostile drones in the use of terrorist organizations.  Rafael has supplied Israel’s armed forces with three Domes for combating different types of close threats:  Iron Dome, which is designed to counter Palestinian rockets; and the lesser known C-Dome and Drone Dome.

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6 thoughts on “Israel-made Drone Dome posted at Gatwick airport

  • Dec 23, 2018 @ 0:29 at 0:29

    Hmm, so if the system has a Lazer to shoot down little drones why was this marvel not used to shoot down the scary terror kites that left the poor little settlers quaking in there safe rooms?

    Now obviously i’m been facetious but in all seriously why cant it track and shoot down / burn down a little .50c kite?

    Surly the electro-optical identification component should be able to match a simple kite profile?

    • Dec 24, 2018 @ 22:02 at 22:02

      Because drones are detected based on their radio communication with operator. You jam the signal and drones are useless.

  • Dec 23, 2018 @ 21:30 at 21:30

    waste of tax payers money what if one of its missile hit a civilian airline. They can not even stop kite. Probably an exercise by the conservative government to support Israel.

    • Dec 24, 2018 @ 3:04 at 3:04

      Lasers have unlimited range & there’s the possibility that the beam could strike a civilian airliner, far beyond the terroist’s kite/s.

  • Dec 23, 2018 @ 22:43 at 22:43

    Maybe you should read how it works. The Drone Dome picks up the radio signal of the offending drone and neutralizes it. There is NO radio signal in a kite. Duh!

    • Dec 24, 2018 @ 1:22 at 1:22

      Iron dome which uses radar could not pick many of the missiles which were fired from Gaza probably as useful as iron dome at a massive cost. Still a waste of money and they do not just use radio wave, they also use GPS , Wi-Fi ..specially the ones which are operated from US etc.

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