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NATO publishes two-year-old video of counter-drone program

NATO publishes two-year-old video of counter-drone program

For some reason, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) decided to launch a two-year-old video of their counter-drone program. In the video, it is said that NATO scientists are creating a signature database of small UAVs to help countries develop their drone detection systems and counter-drone programs. It is unclear why NATO decided to publish the video on YouTube and Twitter two years after it was created.

NATO publishes two-year-old video of counter-drone program

As part of the counter-drone program, NATO scientists are building up a signature database of small UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to help nations develop drone detection systems and tracking algorithms.

“We often see that on TVs where you’ve got a prime minister or an important person doing a speech and you see a small drone flying around. You don’t know if it’s really a threat or is it just someone who wants to take a picture. But you always have to assume it could be a threat,” said Marc Châteauneuf, defense scientist, Defence Research and Development Canada. “The threat that in the military we are facing is either the drone is dropping an explosive or they’re using drones for a surveillance system. So, you want to detect them before they actually see you.”

The group of NATO experts conducted research at a training facility in France, where they gathered data on a variety of mini and small drones operating in an urban setting. The research was carried out by the Science and Technology Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (STO).

“Countering drones incorporates all the typical problems that modern warfare will bring: an uncontrolled and fast-developing technology, an unestablished legal framework, complex ethical questions, and standard practices that are unsuitable to address the challenge. All these many different elements also make it a perfect case study on how NATO and its member nations could tackle the challenges posed by future emerging and disruptive technologies in other fields,” said Claudio Palestini who works in the Counter Terrorism Section of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division, dealing with capability development especially in the field of countering drones.

 

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