Antwerp police to use nets to catch dangerous drones

The Antwerp Local Police Services is among three police services across to have been selected to take part in the European Skyfall project. The Skyfall project is designed to address the threat of airborne attack from terrorists. The Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever (nationalist) told VRT Radio 2 that “Like Roman gladiators our police drones will be able to cast a net over dangerous drone”.  

“Our police service has been selected along with the police in Brussels and the Romanian Gendarmerie for the fight against dangerous drones”.

The Antwerp daily ‘Gazet van Antwerpen’ reports that EU is investing 1 million euro in the Skyfall project.   

Mr De Wever added that "We have no indications of a firm threat to Antwerp using drones, but we can’t rule out the possibility of terrorists will use drones.  They are quick, agile and can get everywhere".  

"Like Roman gladiators"

The Antwerp Local Police Service already has drones equipped with heat-seeking cameras. The new drones for project Skyfall are being 90% financed by the EU.  

"The new drones will be able to disable other drones from in the sky. For example by jamming the signal send out by a remote control unit. Another way is rather like the Roman gladiators. The new drones will be able to throw a net over the dangerous drones to disable them”.   

The Skyfall project runs until December 2020.