St. Petersburg police create new anti-drone unit

The St. Petersburg police have formed a new department to counter drones, the Interior Ministry reported.

The special department launched operations on 9 May. It includes shooter units, mobile patrols, and technical groups with jamming equipment to neutralise drones.

“The new department made its debut on 9 May when Victory Day celebrations were conducted. Five sniper pairs and two anti-drone electromagnetic gun groups placed on rooftops in downtown St. Petersburg were making sure that the skies are calm and protected,” the Interior Ministry noted.

The anti-drone department was established after regional authorities banned drone launches in the city amid an increasing number of airborne attacks on infrastructure facilities.

Earlier, drones attacked Moscow’s Kremlin, the seat of the presidential administration in Russia. Following the incident, many regions across the country banned drone flights over security concerns.

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