The Pentagon has given the green light to more than 130 military bases across the United States to drop commercial or private drones if they threaten aviation safety or cause other threats.
The number of unmanned drones has grown dramatically in recent years and has continued to grow at an accelerating pace, raising fears among government and private sector officials that drone aircraft may be approaching danger or even more hostile than places such as military bases, airports and stadiums.
Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis told reporters that details of the specific actions that the army was allowed to take against commercial and private drones were secret, but included destruction or seizure if they posed a threat, Reuters said.
“The increase in commercial and private UAVs in the United States has increased our concerns about the safety and security of our facilities, aviation safety and citizen security,” Davis added.
In April, authorities banned almost all unmanned aircraft flying over 133 US military installations for security reasons.
UAVs have become popular as games or in amateur hands and have commercial uses such as aerial photography. Major companies such as Amazon and Alfabet, owner of Google, are exploring ways to use them to deliver goods sold online.
The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that the number of commercial drones will increase from 42,000 by the end of 2016 to about 442,000 by 2021.
The Department said the number of commercial drones used in 2021 was likely to reach 1.6 million.