With the drone threat looming large, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has designated Bharat Electronics as the lead agency for the production and development of an anti-drone system.
The anti-drone systems are part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security detail at his residence. The portable once will be part of his car cavalcade. This is an important development since rogue drones have become India’s latest security headache.
These drones are a potential threat and the government had been looking for solutions to counter this problem. In this regard the agencies conducted a data estimation and learnt that there are over 6 lakh rogue or unregulated drones of various sizes and capacities.
Recent incidents like the lethal drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest petroleum company and arms dropping by UAVs in Punjab from across the India-Pakistan border has only alerted the agencies to come up with a plan to counter the drones.
These agencies are now looking at some specific anti-drone techniques like sky fence, drone gun, ATHENA, drone catcher and Skywall 100 to intercept and immobilise suspicious and lethal remote-controlled aerial platforms. A recent paper titled ‘Drones: A new frontier for Police’ published in the Indian Police Journal (IPJ) by IPS officer and Additional Director General in Rajasthan Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh, has talked about these new techniques.
A drone gun is capable of jamming the radio, global positioning system (GPS) and mobile signal between the drone and the pilot and forces the drone to ground in good time before it could wreak any damage.