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.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
1 month ago

So what are we doing about it?. I do appreciate it that we are not going to be told in any detail but presumably the security services are on the case.

Martin
Martin
1 month ago

I’m guessing we are doing SFA about it given this is old information and we have seen no arrests.

Bloke down the pub
Bloke down the pub
1 month ago

So politicians compromised by Chinese intelligence network, I wonder who that might be referring to? Still, I’m sure Keir would rather ask questions about cake.

Frank62
Frank62
1 month ago

I’ve no idea about Kier, but if you have evidence present it. What we do know for certain is Boris & the Tories have taken a lot of Russian money & were keen on getting Chinese investment & assistance building new nuclear plant that would make our electricity far more expensive. Lots of mainly Tory backers also demolished much of our manufacturing & sent it away to Communist China. No vision, statecraft or wisdom, just pure greed.

Nick Cole
Nick Cole
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank62

Spot on!

WSM
WSM
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank62

Would that be the same Boris and Tories currently supplying Ukraine with multi-millions worth of arms to destroy invading Russian armed forces ? Or the the Boris and Tories that have instigated a training system for the Ukrainian Defence Forces that has been in place since 2015 ? Or the same Boris and Tories that have taken a lead in condemning Russian aggression and pressed for many European countries to adopt a tougher line both with military aid and economic sanctions ? Perhaps think on the 15 Labour MPs who were puppets of the pro-Russian “Stop The War” movement at… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  WSM

Bravo.

emjay
emjay
1 month ago
Reply to  WSM

Well said! This should be shouted from the rooftops.

expat
expat
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank62

So let me get this clear your saying the Russia and China backed Boris over Corbyn, a man who wanted UK to disarm and leave NATO. Manufacturing was on its way to China way before Boris, I know I was made redundant from manufacturing twice under Blair with the work going to overseas factories. I’ll add UK manufacturing was it own worst enemy and its demise was more to do with consumers voting with their feet due to arrogant unions and incompetent management resulting poor products than political parties. Lets not look back at UK manufacturing with rose tinted specs,… Read more »

Rob N
Rob N
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank62

UK manufacturing was a victim of not being competitive not the Chinese….

Nick Cole
Nick Cole
1 month ago

Rumour and inuendo based on imaginary or wishful thinking is just as bad as the presence of foreign intelligence operations. Making statements about a specific individual in such a manner is unhelpful and distracting, it is also potentially libellous. You may be doing the enemy’s work for them!

DMJ
DMJ
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick Cole

Was it imaginary a Chinese agent was found working for the Labour Party a few months ago

TypewriterMonkey
TypewriterMonkey
1 month ago

Sadly, I think we’re complacent when it comes to this kind of state sponsored industrial espionage / spying. The Chinese are interested in the UKs defence / aerospace industry / nuclear defence / weapons manufacturing centres. It’s up to the government to be proactive and do something about this. Why, for example, does China need a consulate in Northern Ireland?

Mac
Mac
1 month ago

Who needs to worry about foreign spies at Faslane when we have the SNP, doing the dirty work for Russia & China, trying to destroy the UK.

Nick Cole
Nick Cole
1 month ago
Reply to  Mac

Not a helpful, useful or indeed accurate comment. The UK is a (small) collection of states in a not dissimilar (but longer standing) fashion to the larger NATO and EU. All of which have generally the same goals.

Pacman27
Pacman27
1 month ago

Surely we should have an air defence system around all our main bases and perhaps this is perfect for a ground based dragon fire station.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  Pacman27

Agree with you Pac-Man, base air space security seems to be a bit lax, too little or even non-existent. You would hope that air space above and approaches, sub-sea approaches, in/out gates of all bases should all be being not only watched but to have some anti-drone/anti-air countermeasures especially in these times. Hope they can knock out these drones and or capture them and track down their operators and have them fined and if jailed. Is their actual legislation banning this type of activity and penalties in the UK? And a related issue, yes, some Sky Sabre in around air/army… Read more »

Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor
1 month ago

Nuclear weapons are not held at the same base, they are held at RNAD coulport. Which is a separate base. The submarines are not carrying when they are docked at faslane.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago

Yep, was about to highlight that little error.

“It is home to Trident submarines and nuclear weapons are stored at the Royal Naval Armament Depot on the same base.”

🙄

Ingram sounds familiar, wasn’t he the chap with the FRU?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago

The most “interesting” bits are probably the SWSB, the Shiplift Building, and the EHJ and subterranean areas at Coulport, all of which are covered preventing pesky satellites and UAV from seeing inside, so I doubt much will be of real use to them.

What small UAV will be over these sites that Google Earth cannot see already?

David Flandry
David Flandry
1 month ago

So keep the weight at 24.95 lbs, fly no higher than 119, etc.