Britain plans ‘robocop’ force to protect nuclear sites with paint bombs

February 02, 2024

High-security nuclear site Sellafield contains more than 100 tonnes of plutonium - Christopher Furlong/Getty Images EuropeBritain’s nuclear sites could soon be protected by a “robocop” style police force made up of AI-powered drones equipped with paint bombs and smoke guns. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which runs high-security nuclear sites such as Sellafield and Dounreay, wants to build a robotic police force to cut costs and boost security across sites containing radioactive waste. The procurement document said: “The NDA covers 17 nuclear sites, 1,000 hectares of land and over 800 buildings. Its procurement document said: “Security systems should consider devices that can be deployed from mobile platforms to deter or delay threat actors. Story continuesThe NDA also wants its roboforce to carry 360-degree cameras containing facial recognition technology that can spot abnormal behaviour.