Countering Drones Middle East 2018

Feb 27, 2018, 9:00 AMFeb 28, 2018, 5:00 PM (Europe/Berlin)
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  • Responding to an evolving and growing security threat across the Middle East

    Malicious drone usage is rapidly changing the security environment across the Middle East. Drone attacks in the region have become a daily occurrence, threatening the safety of armed forces personnel and citizens alike. The increasing frequency of these attacks and the technological advancement of the vehicles being used is truly a cause for concern. Whilst developing and implementing counter drone systems is an immediate requirement, it is imperative that strategies are adopted to stem the flow of shop bought and military specification drones to malicious parities.

    The requirement to develop a counter drone strategy in the Middle East is more pressing than anywhere else in the world. Although some, more improvised, solutions are already being employed on the battlefield, there needs to be a movement towards a reliable and economical approach to neutralising this threat. In Yemen, the Saudi led coalition is successfully nullifying shop bought quadcopters and Houthi built Qasef-1 drones through the use of multimillion dollar Patriot missiles. However, this success belies a considerable disparity in the exchange cost, a fact which further reinforces the requirement for a purpose built, cost effective solution.

    In the civilian context, the uptake in drone usage by hobbyist, and in some places the continued hostilities of civil war has dramatically changed the security environment for civil aviation, policing and facility protection. Government agencies have plenty of work to do with regulators and industry experts to develop an effective counter drone framework and, as the drone threat continues to evolve and multiply, discussions must continue in an effort to stay ahead of malicious pilots.

    It is in this context that Defence IQ will host its inaugural Countering Drones Middle East conference in February. We look forward to seeing you in Amman for Middle East’s only countering drones conference, as we seek to develop complete solutions to this emerging threat.

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