Military can legally shoot your drone down if you fly over a base

Aug 8, 2017

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Military can legally shoot your drone down if you fly over a base

Aug 8, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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FAA’s regulations restrict flying the drones above the military bases. However, if you dare to do it anyway, you should know that you’ll most likely be left without your aircraft. The latest directive from Pentagon allows the military to seize or shoot down the drones that fly over the base. What’s more, the directive refers to both personal and commercial drones that are deemed a threat.

As Military Times reports, the new policy was classified and transmitted to the services in July. This month, each of the services received unclassified guidance on how to communicate this new policy to local communities. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said that the actions against potentially threatening drones include “disabling, destroying or tracking.”

Even though the military concerns are reasonable and expected, there are some problems that can emerge from this policy. In some cases, it’s not clear who owns the airspace.  As an example, Military Times points out that the military may keep the weapons in the underground silos. They lease the land for this from the farmers, who use the rest of the area for crops or livestock and use drones to check on them.

Because of the unclear cases like this, Mr. Davis points out that the military will deal with the drones differently based “upon the specific circumstances.” However, there’s no word on the criteria they’ll use to determine what to do with the drone. Still, I can guess that the flight over a military base won’t be a pleasant experience either for you or for your pricey drone, so it’s definitely better to avoid it.

[via DPReview, Military Times]

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22 responses to “Military can legally shoot your drone down if you fly over a base”

  1. Trevor Lovecross Avatar
    Trevor Lovecross

    And so they should.

  2. Damir Perisa Avatar
    Damir Perisa

    What “the”? Dont you mean “a” or “any”?

    1. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
      Dunja Đuđić

      Ah, right! I corrected it, thanks for pointing it out.

    2. Damir Perisa Avatar
      Damir Perisa

      Thx

  3. Will Bartels Avatar
    Will Bartels

    This is news to anyone? Of course they can…

  4. Chris Lapointe Avatar
    Chris Lapointe

    I love drones, but I hate that people do stupid stuff with them.

  5. Adrian Duron Avatar
    Adrian Duron

    And they’ll have radar tracking for the projectiles fired into the air towards cities and neighborhoods ….right? Lol …..No, stupid idea.

    1. Dave Kee Avatar
      Dave Kee

      People die all the time from idiots firing in the air. It’s no less dangerous because the idiots are wearing uniforms. The only possibly safe method would be to use a shotgun.

    2. Ian Brace Avatar
      Ian Brace

      Getting killed by a gun fired into the air is Busted.

    3. John G Schickler Avatar
      John G Schickler

      I agree on the shotgun. The military also has jamming equipment to bring them down.

  6. Hellguz Hellishwinters Avatar
    Hellguz Hellishwinters

    GTA5 style.

  7. Carl Greer Avatar
    Carl Greer

    A Military Base is a no fly zone for civilians ! Even idiots know that…the ones that don’t…shame on them ! ☠️☠️☠️ There are ways to take drones out without hurting people and you can bet the military has the know how and the means.

  8. Martin Gillette Avatar
    Martin Gillette

    They can shot down your plan if you fly over one. Why would this be a surprise?

  9. Nicholas Kau Avatar
    Nicholas Kau

    Um I would expect them to.

  10. Gary Sthland Avatar
    Gary Sthland

    So if a military drone flies over my home then I’m legally allowed too shoot it down as its evading my air space

    1. Joe Ruggeri Avatar
      Joe Ruggeri

      Why would you shoot it down if it’s evading your air space?

    2. Gary Sthland Avatar
      Gary Sthland

      I don’t like nosey pricks envading my space

    3. Jay Paul Avatar
      Jay Paul

      Invading?

  11. Nick Dunlap Avatar
    Nick Dunlap

    You’d be an idiot to do it anyways.

  12. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Hardly a surprise. They’re allowed to legally shoot trespassers too. Don’t see why a drone would get more rights than a human.

  13. Ryan Chornick Avatar
    Ryan Chornick

    dont be a dumb ass and you are fine

  14. Mark Helm Avatar
    Mark Helm

    I’d think anyone can if it’s over their property without consent