Anti Drone SquadShort Bytes: The Tokyo Police have decided to introduce an anti-drone Squad in order to help and catch suspicious-seeming drones and avoid any act of terrorism that could take place via their usage. Following amendments to Japan’s Aviation Act, the Japanese city’s Metropolitan Police Department have given the green light to the deployment of an Anti-Drone Squad.

Drones are so trending these days, Aren’t they? I mean we have Google with its Project Wing, Facebook’s Aquila Drones, UAVIA with its Ubuntu-powered drones, oh! and not to forget Austin Haughwout turning science fiction into reality with his wicked gun mounted and flamethrower drones. Drones have started taking over our skies, so much that we can even start fearing a drone invasion.

Speaking of which, the Tokyo Police have taken things to a new level with their newly deployed ‘Anti-Drone Squad’ which shall help them to catch rogue drones flying in restricted airspace.

Following amendments to Japan’s Aviation Act, the Japanese city’s Metropolitan Police Department have given the green light to the deployment of an Anti-Drone Squad. The MPD drones will wield a net (akin to a spider’s web) beneath them in order to trap and catch the suspicious drone. The new Anti-Drone squad will be charged with patrolling important locations such as the Imperial Palace, the Diet Building, and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Such steps are deemed necessary following an incident in April, when a drone carrying traces of radioactive material landed on the roof of the Prime Minister’s office.

Anti Drone Squad
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“Terrorist attacks using drones carrying explosives are a possibility. We hope to defend the nation’s functions with the worst-case scenario in mind,” a senior member of the MPD’s Security Bureau told Japanese publications.

The Anti-Drone Squad could have as much as 10 drones patrolling the skies of Tokyo by February. Shall a suspicious drone be detected, the operator will firstly be issued a warning via loudspeakers on the ground. In case he or she fails to respond, the Anti-Drone squad shall be spurred into action to take down the device.

You can check out the Tokyo police officers taking one of these Anti-Drone Squad drones on a test ride to poach another drone out of the sky in the video below:

For all we know, the next time you turn on the television, a drone-chase could be all over the news. Ask me? Well, I’d just prefer to use the flamethrower drone and make the other device go KABOOM *insert evil laugh here*.

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