2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea security personnel will be looking skyward, as well—for suspicious drones.
As part of safety precautions, drone-catching drones will be on hand to cast nets over any dangerous-looking unmanned aerial vehicles that approach the Olympics grounds in Pyeongchang. One fear is that an unauthorized drone could be used to deliver a bomb to disrupt the proceedings.
Additionally, security teams have been practicing shooting down such UAVs. In one training scenario, a bomb-carrying drone headed for a bus full of athletes.
The security-led drone would drop a net over a potentially dangerous unmanned device, rendering it ineffective of flying any further. The types of threats could include “bomb-carrying drones”.
Steps are also being taken to guard against new forms of terrorist threat posed by drones. All of the areas near Olympics venues in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, and Jeongseon are being classified as no-fly zones. Access is to be barred completely to any non-approved aircraft or drones. In the event that a drone does approach, drone detection radar developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) is to be deployed. In cases where a suspicious drone is picked up by radar, drone radio signal-jamming guns are to be fired to bring it down. In addition to the use of drone-catching drones, special forces agents will be sent by helicopter to approach and shoot down the drone by shotgun.