As the government of India has just started recognising the potential use cases of drones in the Indian healthcare system, it was hit with a harsh reality that the enemies of the state have taken leaps to incorporate this technology to harm the South Asian nation.
Two bombs were dropped at the Indian Air Force station in Jammu, in the early hours of June 27 this year. This compelled the Indian government and security forces to go on a shopping spree to buy expensive counter-drone systems. While there are not many counter-drone technology makers in India, few of these players include state-owned Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), ideaForge and Big Bang Boom Solutions.
According to media reports, there are over 500 companies that can help the country find a solution to its drone problem. All these companies may not make devices to harm or kill drones, but can certainly help in tracking them.
There are also several military tech private companies in the country, including Adani Defence & Aerospace and Kadet Defence Systems that make drones for surveillance and technology for other combat purposes; Atindriya Systems provides electronic systems and software solutions for defense, and Trijatta that develops radars and encryption devices for the military.
The government of India has been aware of the potential threat that rogue drones could pose in the security of the nation and issued a National Counter Rogue Drone Guidelines two years ago. The policy highlights that the drone factor should be taken seriously as unmanned aircrafts, consumer drones and do-it-yourself (DIY) drones are readily available over the internet.
The policy, referring to the Israel-Lebanon war of 2006, highlights “In certain incidents, the small drones were also armed with explosive ordnance