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There’s always a bigger fish.
It seems only right that while many countries are still getting to grips with drone technology, the Japanese – so often at the forefront of technological innovation – already have squads of larger drones to catch the smaller ones.
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department are prepared to foil any drone-related chaos with their new unit of six-propeller net-holding drones, which can catch and drag smaller models to the ground.
Japanese authorities say that drones could be used by terrorists to carry explosives, and police are ‘defending the nation’s functions with the worse-case scenario in mind.’
The initial reason that the police starting looking into a drone unit was the discovery of a drone carrying radioactive soil on top of the prime minister’s office in April.
But recreational drone-users need to be concerned. Tokyo Police say they will warn pilots via louspeaker before using their net drones.