A Freedom of Information request revealed 18 drone sightings at sensitive military locations in just two years – between 2019 and 2021.
The Sunday People uncovered details of the drone activity under Freedom of Information laws.
Lieutenant Colonel Philip Ingram, a former intelligence officer, told them here:
“The Chinese have a very mature and sophisticated espionage programme running throughout the UK. Business, academic research, leading manufacturers, supply chains, politicians, police, the military and other civil servants and more are all targets. Many will have been compromised, often without realising what has happened.”
According to the report, one of the sites was the nuclear sub base in Faslane, Scotland – the most sensitive military establishment in the UK.
“It is home to Trident submarines and nuclear weapons are stored at the Royal Naval Armament Depot on the same base. The Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, Berks, where nuclear warheads are designed and made, is also said to have been targeted.”
What are the drone laws in the UK?
In brief, the following applies to most drone types.
- The aircraft’s maximum take-off mass must be less than 25kg;
- Keep the drone within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS);
- Do not fly higher than 400 ft (120 metres) from the earth’s surface.
- Do not fly over restricted airspace, such as military bases, prisons or near airports.
Here’s the airspace over Faslane.