06 Nov '17, 9pm

US Air Force base expands protection against drones

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Officials say an Air Force base south of Omaha, Nebraska, has expanded its defenses against drones and can stop any that venture within its boundaries of airspace. A news release from the Offutt Air Force Base says it now has “a number of unique defense systems” to protect against drones, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The release doesn’t go into specifics. “Our mission is to ensure the safety and security of resources and personnel on base and this is just one method of keeping pace with an ever-evolving threat,” said Lt. Col. William Smith, commander of the 55th Security Forces Squadron at the base. Drones are entirely off-limits within 3 miles of the base’s airfield. Drone use between 3 miles and the edge of its Federal Aviation Administration airspace at 5 miles is very limited. ‘No silver bullet’: Pentagon struggles to defeat drones in...

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