What is an anti-drone system developed by DRDO?

By Jagran Josh

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an anti-drone system to neutralize enemy drone attacks. The indigenous drone technology is capable of counter-attacks including detection, Soft Kill (for jamming the communication links of drone) and Hard Kill (laser-based hard kill to destroy the drone) of enemy Drones. The system is already demonstrated to Armed Services and other internal security agencies.

The indigenous DRDO Counter-Drone Technology is transferred to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Simultaneously, Transfer of Technology (ToT) of the Counter-Drone System is offered to other companies.

The aforementioned information was shared by the Ministry of Defence in a written reply to Keshari Devi Patel and Kanakmal Katara in Lok Sabha on 28 July 2021.

What is an Anti-drone system?
Anti-drone systems detect and or intercept unwanted drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They are deployed to protect areas such as airports, critical infrastructure, large public spaces such as stadiums, and military installations and battlefields.

Need for anti-drone system
Increased use of unmanned drones to target, drop and supply weapons, explosives and ammunition across the western borders by the terror groups to their network in India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab has raised security concerns. Therefore, in a bid to counter these attacks, the DRDO has developed the anti-Drone system.

Anti-drone system developed by DRDO
1- The system can detect and jam micro drones up to 3 km and use a laser to bring down a target up to 1-2.5 km depending on the wattage of the laser weapon.

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