US Can Destroy Drones Flying Near Military Bases
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People who live near American military bases and like to use drones, should be careful. Their flying toy might become a target.
A drone is a flying machine operated by a device on the ground.
On Monday, the U.S. military announced new guidelines about how it may deal with private drones. Navy officer Jeff Davis is a spokesman for the United States Defense Department. He said that civilian drones in the sky could be at risk of capture or destruction.
Captain Davis said the U.S. government is concerned about the safety of military sites, airplanes and people. So, he said, it is closely watching drones.
The Federal Aviation Administration estimated the number of private business drones alone could increase 10 times by 2021. In late 2016, the agency estimated there were 42,000 drones being used by businesses.
Google, Amazon and pizza delivery services have proposed using drones to reach customers.
The government has announced a plan to deal with drones. It took months to negotiate. Many details are still secret about terms for capturing or destroying private drones. It is not even clear how far drones must stay from military sites to avoid being targeted.
Action against drones does not have to involve firepower. The news website CNN said the U.S. Department of Defense has developed systems for bringing down drones using radio waves. The report said such systems are already in use in Syria, Iraq and other places.
The drone story led to a mixed reaction on Twitter. Several tweets suggested the military's announcement about possible downings of drones was not news. Seany Hide tweeted, "Of course they can."
Keith Wheeler agreed. "Sounds reasonable," he tweeted.
Others wondered why homeowners cannot take similar action. Twitter user Mark Bradford said people should be able to shoot down drones flying over their property.
On Tuesday, U.S. defense officials said an Iranian drone interfered with an American fighter jet in the Persian Gulf. The drone was being controlled by people on an Iranian boat. The officials said airplanes have avoided hitting drones 12 other times this year.
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周一，美国军方宣布了其可能处理私人无人机方式的新准则 。海军军官杰夫·戴维斯（Jeff Davis）是美国国防部发言人 。他表示，空中的私人无人机可能会被捕获或摧毁 。
戴维斯上尉表示，美国政府考虑到军事基地、飞机以及人员的安全 。因此政府正密切关注无人机情况 。
联邦航空管理局预计，到2021年，仅私人商业无人机的数量将增加10倍 。该机构还估计，到2016年年底，用于商业用途的无人机约42000架 。
美国政府已经宣布了一项处理无人机的计划 。该计划的谈判过程耗时数月 。关于捕获或摧毁私人无人机的条款，许多细节尚处于保密状态 。无人机需要与军事基地保持的安全距离也没有公布 。
处理无人机时无需使用火力 。CNN新闻网站表示，美国国防部研发了一套利用无线电波让无人机降落的系统 。报道中还指出，这类系统已在叙利亚和伊拉克等地使用 。
无人机新闻在推特上掀起热潮，众人对此反应不一 。一些推特用户认为，军方宣布可能击落无人机算不上什么新闻 。肖恩·海德（Seany Hide）发推表示：“他们当然有权这么做 。”
基思·惠勒（Keith Wheeler）表示认可：“听起来很合理 。”
其他网友好奇为什么普通住户不能采取类似措施 。推特用户马克·布拉德福德（Mark Bradford）表示，人们应该有权击落自家房屋上空的无人机 。
周二，美国国防部官员表示，伊朗一架无人机在波斯湾干扰了一架美军战机 。这架无人机由一艘伊朗船只上的人员操控 。该官员表示，今年美军飞机有12次差点与无人机相撞 。