Modi chairs high-level security meeting to formalize a counter-drone policy

India has zeroed in on the system and technology to neutralize the "rogue drones" and a massive, comprehensive counter-drone policy would be implemented shortly to avoid terror attacks like the one on Sunday at Air Force Station Jammu

Jun 30, 2021
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Modi chairs high-level security meeting

India has zeroed in on the system and technology to neutralize the "rogue drones" and a massive, comprehensive counter-drone policy would be implemented shortly to avoid terror attacks like the one on Sunday at Air Force Station Jammu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to discuss the measures and strategies to counter "weaponised drones used for terror purposes against strategic and commercial assets".

The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, among others.

The meeting took place two days after an armed drone attack on Sunday at Air Force Station Jammu, located 14 km from the Indo-Pak border, in which two military personnel received minor injuries.

On Monday, the army had said drones were spotted flying out over the Kaluchak-Ratnuchak military stations, according to the Indian Express.

In the early hours of Tuesday, a number of drones were spotted again, but there was no official confirmation from the army.

“A major threat was thwarted by the alertness and proactive approach of troops. The security forces are on high alert and a search operation is in progress,’’ Army PRO Lt Colonel Devender Anand was quoted by the paper as saying.

The government has decided that the Air Force would be the nodal agency to deal with such technology and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India's tech-intelligence agency, will also be roped in for help, it informed.

The deployment models will consist of primary and passive detection means, including radiofrequency (RF) detectors, electro-optical and infrared cameras, radars, drone catching nets, GPS Spoofers, lasers, and soft and hard kill measures like RF Jammers, the report stated.

The ministries of civil aviation and home affairs have also been asked to review existing regulations pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The Border Security Force is also in the process of acquiring a ground-based standalone platform capable of detecting lone, suspicious flying objects or groups of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and reacting quickly, according to the report.

Indian Army has already been given a go-ahead to acquire artificial intelligence-equipped drones that can be deployed during such attacks, IBNS said.(SAM)