Journal of Transportation Security

, Volume 10, Issue 3–4, pp 115–126 | Cite as

Protection of high-speed trains against bomb-carrying unmanned aerial vehicles

  • Alexey V. Shvetsov
  • Svetlana V. Shvetsova


The problem of terrorist acts on railways has become more acute with the advent of high-speed trains. Terrorist acts and resulting wrecks of high-speed trains will have much more serious consequences than a conventional train crash. Analysis of the capabilities of technical security systems applied to counter-terrorist protection of high-speed trains shows that there is no protection against drone terrorist attacks committed by bomb-carrying drones. Simultaneously, the special services of MI5 (United Kingdom) and the FSB (Russian Federation) have revealed information that international terrorist organizations, such as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria), are actively investigating the possibilities of employing bomb-carrying drones as a terrorist tool. The aim of this study is to investigate the problem of protection of high speed trains against terrorist acts accomplished by such new terrorist tools as bomb-carrying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones. To resolve the problem, we have developed a system for protecting high-speed trains against unmanned aerial vehicles. The operative principle of this system is based on the suppression of radio channels controlling drones. Radio channels controlling drones can be suppressed by radio interference generated by a technical security system. Such a system can be applied to the protection of high speed trains operating in France, Japan, Russia, China, the USA and other countries against terrorist attacks by bomb-carrying unmanned aerial vehicles.


Terrorist attacks on high-speed rail High-speed train Unmanned aerial vehicle Bomb-carrying drone Statistics of terrorist attacks on high-speed trains 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Moscow State University of Railway EngineeringMoscowRussian Federation
  2. 2.Far East State Transport UniversityKhabarovskRussian Federation

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