Allow Swedish military to shoot down drones, says report

A government-backed report recommends allowing Sweden’s military to act against unauthorized drones. (Nati Harnik/File photo/The Associated Press)
Sweden’s armed forces may get the green light to shoot down unknown drones flying over military exercises or secure areas.

That’s the suggestion from a government-backed report which says military personnel should be able to stop, shoo away, catch or even shoot down a drone if it’s unknown who’s flying it.

Remotely controlled drones can be outfitted with cameras for spying or even weapons to attack. And that makes them a risk, says Margareta Bergström, who is leading the report due out next year.

Bergström says ultimately the situation should dictate how the armed forces respond to an unauthorized drone. And, by using only the minimal amount of force necessary.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Is hunting with drones ethical? Canada’s Yukon territory says ‘no’, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Drone with smuggled cigarettes found on Finland-Russia frontier, YLE News

Russia: Eagle attacks military drone, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish drones to combat illegal eel fishing, Radio Sweden

United States: Fifth Russian aircraft interception off Alaska’s coast in a month, but experts not alarmed, Alaska Public Media

Frank Radosevich, Radio Sweden

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