FAA c-drone restricted airspace map
Interactive FAA map showing restricted airspace near the West Point military academy. Image: FAA

US military bases authorized to take out c-drones

Security • law enforcement • countermeasures

The US Department of Defense transmitted secret guidelines to military bases and installations concerning defense against c-drones in early July, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said, adding that new unclassified guidance has just been published detailing how DoD personnel should interact with local law enforcement in case of a c-drone sighting.

Defense personnel are authorized to track, disable, confiscate and destroy any c-drone perceived as a threat or not complying with FAA guidelines.

In April, c-drone flights were banned over 133 military sites by the FAA which developed the new guidance with the DoD under the National Defense Authorization Act.