Timothy Bennett, a Department of Homeland Security program manager, has said that drug smugglers use technology to spoof and jam GPS systems on unmanned aircraft that DHS uses for border patrol, Defense One reported Thursday.
Patrick Tucker writes Bennett told audience at a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted forum Wednesday that spoofing activities hinder efforts of Customs and Border Protection personnel to coordinate systems and map drug trafficking routes.
“We’re funding some advances so we can counter this,” Bennett added, according to the report.
Tucker said the DHS will seek small drones to monitor illegal border activity through the department’s Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety II initiative and plans to hold an event on Jan. 11 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for manufacturers to demonstrate their offerings.
The department also launched a project to research and develop UAV technology that can work to detect motion, Tucker reports.