South Korea Is Prepared for Drone-Bombs at the Winter Olympics

Recently, drones have trespassed or disrupted public sporting events. South Korea is preparing for the worst-case scenarios ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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South Korea’s security preparations for the upcoming Winter Olympics are in full-swing. More than 400 personnel, comprised of police and firefighters, took part in the drills meant to ensure the utmost safety Tuesday. According to Newsweek, the variety of scenarios included in this training ranged from hostage situations to vehicle-ramming and, you guessed it, an unmanned aerial vehicle dropping a bomb from above. 

We’ve reported on quite a few situations where an unwelcome drone disrupted a sporting event or trespassed onto private property, as well as illegally delivered contraband into federal prisons. The UAV is a tool that has affected the security concerns of authorities in a wide variety of industries. The Winter Olympics officials who are responsible for the integrity of one of the biggest sporting events in the world are fully aware of the need to prepare for any and all eventualities. These days, that includes preventing drones from entering the premises and endangering people’s lives. 

The opening ceremony will take place Feb. 9 at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium which lies a mere 50 miles from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea. According to Reuters, the drone-related security drill involved a SWAT team shooting down a simulated bomb-carrying UAV hovering toward a bus full of athletes, as well as shooting and disabling a hijacker planning on ramming the vehicle into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. 

Newsweek reports that the South Korean Defense Ministry intends on having approximately 5,000 armed forces providing security for the Winter Olympic Games, which is twice as many as the 2002 FIFA World Cup had in place. Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told Chris Wallace on Fox News that the United States would send a full delegation to Pyeongchang. "If you look back, we have always talked about security in the Olympics. We have always talked about keeping our athletes safe," said Haley

The serious consideration of potentially life-threatening drones trespassing onto events seems to have become the new norm. Moving forward, authorities will have to look at anti-UAV technologies with a far more serious eye than ever before. If somebody can manage to drop leaflets onto unsuspecting crowds at two stadiums, before being apprehended, then attaching something more nefarious to that same drone is within the full realm of possibility.