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US Army plans to microwave drones out the sky

The US Army is planning to microwave drones out of the sky.

The military has confirmed it plans to acquire a high-powered microwave system from Lockheed Martin that can be used to combat the threat posed by drones.

The cutting-edge technology is able to be mounted to an airplane and is then capable of using focused radiation to disable fixed-wing or quadcopter drones, according to The Verge.

A public solicitation reads: "Unmanned aircraft system payloads under consideration include explosives, nets, entanglers/streamers, and high-powered-microwave sources (sic)"

It's been confirmed that responses to the proposal are due by August 18.

Last month, meanwhile, the Department for Transport issued a proposal that means children in the UK could soon be banned from owning drones weighing more than 250g.

Under the idea put forward by the department, kids would only be able to fly devices heavier than the 250g figure provided they were owned and registered by an adult.

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg explained that there are still "challenges we must overcome" to prove that drones are actually more beneficial than they are a hindrance.

She continued: "That's why we've already introduced safety measures like a height limit, and rules around airports, and today we are consulting on how we go further, including extra police powers and a minimum age requirement."

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