Game of Drones: Security experts browse latest high-tech gadgets in war against airborne menace at London Counter-Terror Expo
These are the latest high-tech gadgets that were today being showcased to police and counter-terror experts tasked with guarding Britain’s skies from drone threats.
Guns, drones and telescopes were among the items on display at the Olympia in Kensington, West London, this afternoon.
Weapons lined up for inspection included a Glock 19 handgun and a SIG MCX rifle, the barrel of which can be changed in a matter of seconds to alter the gun’s length.
Surveillance devices sat alongside Kevlar bullet-proof vests and an Aartos drone detection truck at the annual Security and Counter-Terror Expo.
The event, which closes tomorrow, also touches on the latest technology and methods in cyber and border security as well as policing.
Following the 165 sightings of drones near UK airfields since 2010, antenna and computers used to detect the small aircraft were also on display today. It comes after drone disruption hit 1,000 flights and 140,000 flyers at Gatwick airport in December.
Security and counter-terror experts descended on the Kensington Olympia in West London to view the latest in anti-drone technology, including this detection system, the name of which is a UVA Jammer HP 47. The device disrupts remote control and navigation systems in targeted aircraft. Its directional antenna are capable of covering Wi-Fi channels and global positioning systems
Pictured: Top-left, a Glock 19 hand gun from today’s counter-terror expo in West London. The 19 has a shorter barrel and grip than the brand’s iconic number 17, which was the maker’s first gun available on the commercial market after it was given to police forces in 1982. The larger gun is a SIG MCX, which first hit conventions in 2015. It features a short-stroke gas piston system, which reduces recoil and therefore improves the gun’s reliability. This mirrored the design of the earlier SIG MPX
Though Orion Drones (pictured) were on display at today’s convention, some of the brand’s models can be used just as easily by mischievous hobbyists. In December last year, chaos hit Gatwick Airport as police were unable to bring prankster’s antics to a close. Anti-drone technology was today showcased at the Olympia, where experts observed the latest in cutting-edge counter-attack tools
Cameras like this could soon be rolled out at an airport near you, as concerns about the small aircraft been flown near airfields increase following December’s Gatwick Airport chaos. This drone detection camera is created by Aartos, a company which considers the ‘easy access to mini and micro unmanned aerial vehicle’ a ‘growing potential threat to national and commercial security’ across the globe
This state-of-the-art AARTOS Drone Detection System claims to be able to quickly detect unauthorized drones, at which point it automatically immobilizes them. The vehicle and its – complete with its surveillance antenna – was displayed today in front of security experts at the Olympia in Kensington, West London
Drone detection cameras are pictured at the counter-terror convention in West London today. The expo continues tomorrow in Kensington, where counter-terror experts will consider the latest technology available to neutralise threats that could face the UK
Pictured: Police officers gather by a rapid response vehicle at the counter-terror convention held at the Olympia in Kensington, West London today, where experts are showcasing the latest technology in the battle for domestic airspace
Scanning the skies: These umbrella-like devices are used to detect drones that could pose a threat in no-fly zones, particularly around airports, and then feed the information into a computer for intelligence services to respond accordingly
Pictured: A Kevlar bullet-proof vest. It is made of a heat-resistant, strong synthetic fiber. Kevlar is a close cousing of other synthetic fibers such as Nomex and Technora. It was developed by Stephanie Kwolek at DuPont in 1965 and was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in the tyres of racing cars
These drone detection screens link up to antenna that scan the skies in order to stave off threats posed by drones that encroach on airfield space. The set was one of many counter-terror items showcased at the Olympia today