Ewatt Participates in anti-terrorism drill organized by the Public Security Bureau of Hubei Province in Wuhan
On the morning of March 30, 2018, Hubei Province Public Security Bureau of the Airport Police Command center found four illegally-invaded UAV aircraft systems. The aircrafts were found in airspace about 4 kilometers South and about 20 meters high near the T2 terminal building. The aircraft, one of which contained suspicious items, immediately made the situation very serious.
The Airport Public Security Command center immediately launched the unmanned aerial vehicle counter system plan. SWAT were quickly dispatched and mobilized to the scene for disposal. At the same time, another search was taking place, the police along with the Wuhan Municipal Public Security Bureau quickly carried out the search for the suspects who had been flying the drones.
The Civil airfield protection zone is no-fly zone. So, why would there be drones in the area? As early as 2016, the Air Traffic Management Office of the Civil Aviation Administration issued a newly revised “Air Traffic Management Approach for Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems”. Article 4 of the Regulations stipulates that civilian unmanned aerial vehicles are allowed to fly only in isolated airspace.
It turns out that this is was an airport anti-terrorism comprehensive drill organized by the Public Security Bureau of Hubei Province at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. At this time, it was the drone that was piloted by Ewatt Aerospace and were the handlers in interception drills.
The hypothesis is that “terrorists” intend to use drones to carry out terror attacks on airports. The command center immediately started the countermeasure against drones and launched the UAV counter plan to mobilize the airport and control the situation. Finally, three drones were successfully driven away and the fourth one carrying suspicious items was also controlled.
The drill was conducted under the guidance of the Office of the Leading Group of Anti-terrorism Work in Hubei Province and Wuhan City. It was hosted by the Airport Public Security Bureau of Hubei Province, Hubei Airport Group, Hubei Branch of China Southern Airlines, Hubei Provincial Police Corps, and Wuhan City. The Public Security Bureau co-organized the exercise and involved a total of seven police groups. The police force was nearly 300 people and more than 200 staff members participated in the drill. As a training unit, Ewatt Aerospace took firefighting drones, window-breaking drones and handheld drone interception systems to participate.
The entire walkthrough simulates an illegal international organization’s premeditated plant to launch an attack on Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. The Airport Public Security Bureau immediately launched an anti-terrorism emergency response plan and coordinated with relevant units, using a “perimeter breakthrough”, “Knife Axe”, “unmanned aircraft interception” and “anti-hijacking” demos to demonstrate and successfully defuse the threat.
It is reported that the exercise was the largest scale and most comprehensive anti-terrorism drill organized by the Airport Public Security Bureau of Hubei since its establishment in 1981. Responsible leaders of the of the Hubei Provincial Public Security Bureau and the Civil Aviation Bureau of the People's Republic of China came to observe and guide, attracting 31 airport public security agencies from 26 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across the country to observe the scene and highly affirmed the results of the drill.