The state Duma on 11 September, adopted in the first reading amendments to the legislation regarding the prevention of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to ensure the safety of citizens and infrastructure, reports “Interfax”.
As reported by RIA “Novosti”, the draft law proposes to amend article 18 of the Air code, in order to clearly define the powers of the security forces in illegal situations related to drones. So, if the law is passed, FSB, FSO, MVD, SVR and Regardie will receive an “authority to suppress the finding of unmanned aircraft in the airspace of the statutory objectives, including through the suppression or conversion of remote control signals ( … ) and also damage or destroy” drones.
According to the authors of the bill, the adoption of such amendments is necessary for “public security, protection of critical facilities, transport, information and telecommunication infrastructure”. So, one of the initiators of the adoption of the amendments, Deputy Alexander Khinshtein said that in the world practice, drones are actively used for terrorist crimes, the delivery of weapons and explosives.
In turn, the head of the Committee for security and combating corruption Vasily Piskarev said that the amendments “do not contain any new prohibitions or restrictions on the use of drones.” However, he noted that the recent increase in drone flights unsafe. According to him, launched without the permission of drones flying dangerously close to a helicopter of EMERCOM and the defense Ministry, who were engaged in liquidation of consequences of emergency situations in Irkutsk region.
Recall, various companies have developed a number of devices to intercept the drones in the air, including a special “gun” that block the signal from the remote control and forcibly put the drone. Such a device was used in Moscow at the meeting on 10 August.
27 September in Russia finally will come into force the requirement to put on record drones weighing more than 250 grams. To put the drone on the account, its owner will need to send an application to the Federal air transport Agency through the state services portal or by mail. The statement will need to specify personal data, information about the manufacturer and some specifications of the device. In ten days the applicant must obtain a notice of registration indicating the assigned drone rooms. This number must be marked on the aircraft to the owner could be found to prosecute for unauthorized flights and damage.