: Several drones intercepted over Warsaw during NATO Summit

12:06 Jul. 11, 2016

Several drones intercepted over Warsaw during NATO Summit

In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a drone operated captures videos and still images of an apartment building (AP Photo)

Polish officials did not yet determin who was operating UAVs

Poland's Defense Minister, Antoni Macierewicz, said violations of Warsaw's air space occurred during the two-day top-level NATO meeting on July 8-9, despite restrictions on flights over the Polish capital during the summit, Radio Poland reported.

Macierewicz noted that the violations were related to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Meanwhile, an investigation into the incidents has been launched. The Polish Minister stressed that it was too early to draw conclusions about either the intentions or possible criminal nature of the air space violations. 

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According to Macierewicz, the drones were intercepted by the military counterintelligence service and internal security officers, who monitored the area using the SkyEye system. SkyEye consists of unmanned aircraft, such as the Hermes, which is capable of scanning a five-kilometer radius.

He added that the UAVs had been captured by the security services, though officials had not yet determined who was operating the drones.

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During the NATO summit, the ban on flights of civil aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles over Warsaw was enforced through July 10.

Reporting by UNIAN


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