A 100mph drone that destroys enemy unmanned aircraft by smashing into them has been showcased to the Royal Marines
The flying gizmo is loaded with a battering ram that allows it to shunt enemy gadgets out of the sky.
Dubbed the Anvil, it’s designed to counter an array of off-the-shelf drones that terrorists at home and abroad can now use to attach the West.
Last year, ISIS issued a chilling threat to plague the US and the EU with drones loaded with bombs and other weapons.
The extremist group widely used drones bought over the counter when it was defending its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The Anvil, a quadrocopter built by California defence firm Anduril Industries, is equipped with an array of sensors to spot, track, and intercept targets.
It has batteries and motors optimised for short, high-speed flights.
The Anvil attacks enemy drones from below, and is designed to take the impact and survive for future attacks.
To make it smash-proof, Anduril loaded its rotors and other flight-critical components onto the bottom of the craft.
The Anvil is designed for deployment with military personnel, but could also be used to protect locations closer to home that are vulnerable to drone attacks, such as airports.
The need to protect such assets became all-too clear earlier this month when cops foiled an alleged terror plot to bomb an Army base using a drone.
An Islamic State supporter’s “lone wolf” plot to attack British soldiers and cops was rumbled when his landlord found a stash of knives, axes and a home-made drone at his home.
Hisham Muhammad, 25, allegedly researched how to adapt the flying device to carry and drop bombs.
Last Christmas, Gatwick airport was brought to a standstill for three days when a drone was spotted flying over its runways. Gatwick have put up a £50,000 reward to find the elusive culprit.
Russia is building a “ground force” of killer robots – including a deadly swarm of cat-sized bomber drones.
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The UK’s drone code – how should you fly?
Here’s the official advice from the CAA…
- Always keep your drone in sight. This means you can see and avoid other things while flying
- Stay below 400 feet (120 metres) to comply with the drone code. This reduces the likelihood of a conflict with manned aircraft
- Every time you fly your drone, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep your drone, and the people around you, safe
- Keep the right distance from people and property. People and properties, 150 feet (50 metres) / Crowds and built-up areas, 500 feet (150 metres)
- You are responsible for each flight. Legal responsibility lies with you. Failure to fly responsibly could result in criminal prosecution
- Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields when flying any drone. It is illegal to fly them inside the airport’s flight restriction zone without permission. If your drone endangers the safety of an aircraft, it is a criminal offence and you could go to prison for five years
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