U.S. military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

U.S. military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

If you own a commercial or privately-owned drone, you now fly over any military base at the risk of losing your aircraft. However, Davis told reporters that the changes had been vetted by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Pentagon and FCC announced a new rule in April prohibiting drone flights within 400 feet of 133 domestic installations and said that pilots caught violating the restriction would be subject to arrest.

Earlier that year, a drone had landed on the lawn of the White House. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.

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In recent weeks, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has used drones to attack U.S. Special Operations soldiers and disrupt airstrikes near the Syrian city of Raqqa, its remaining stronghold in the country, as well as to attack forces battling to oust it from Iraq.

Last month, the U.S. Airforce requested to have the authority to take down drones.

The Defense Department has released a set of guidelines for US military services and installations to address "unauthorized" activity of civilian unmanned aircraft systems near base facilities, DoD News reported Monday.

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Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the new policy goes further.

Attacks by drones aren't the only thing that has the military concerned about the devices, however. The military's engagement with drones "will depend upon the specific circumstances", he said. The armed forces also fear they could be used to spy on the US too. The FAA already regulates how and where small UAS are allowed to fly.

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