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Source of drones that hit IAF base appears to be Foreign: IdeaForge CEO

The source of drones used to target the Indian Air Force base at Jammu appears to be foreign as most Indian drone manufacturers are licenced and their technology is not available for commercial purchase at present, said IdeaForge CEO Ankit Mehta.

The startup, backed by IIT Bombay, is the largest supplier of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the government. Recently it signed a contract with the Indian Army to supply high-altitude drones for about ₹150 crore.

Speaking to ET, Mehta said drones are an “emerging threat” and that technical solutions are being developed to mitigate them. “We are looking at creating a comprehensive dynamic threat protection system which coupled with ground sensors can help borders or critical installations prevent any intrusion from ground or keep an eye on any breach from the air. Drones can be used on the perimeter for ground intrusion as CCTVs are hard to install at every location, especially one with large open boundaries,” he said.

IdeaForge has partnered with German tech firm Aaronia AG and is in the process of developing a counter-drone technology that will keep an eye on any aerial threat, said Mehta. Read More

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