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Counter-drone systems are emerging as essential elements in ensuring the security of airports, airspaces and protecting no-fly zones above cities, prisons, and critical infrastructure.

Various counter-drone measures were tested by the international police organization INTERPOL and the Norwegian Police. The real-life exercise held in Oslo at the end of September evaluated and tested drone countermeasures in a secure airspace environment.

The exercise gathered law enforcement, academia and industry experts from Europe, Israel, and the United States to test and assess 17 drone countermeasures to ensure the safety of an airport environment through the detection, tracking, and identification of drones and their pilots. 

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The results will be consolidated to create an INTERPOL Drone Countermeasure Framework which will be available to law enforcement across INTERPOL’s 194 member countries, creating a global focal point for collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

The exercise was held at the Oslo Gardermoen Airport while it was in active operation. The Norwegian Police was responsible for conducting the tests in partnership with INTERPOL, the airport owner Avinor and the Norwegian Communications Authority.

The legal framework for drone response is still a challenge. Although countermeasures can be used to detect, identify, and locate a drone within an area, many countries do not have the legislation which allows authorities to interfere with a drone when it is in flight, according to eurasiareview.com.