Drone terror: forces rely on anti-drone technology to neutralize it | Hyderabad News
Hyderabad: Following the recent IED drone attacks in Jammu and the Maoists using drone cameras for surveillance, security forces guarding vital facilities are now keen to immediately deploy anti-drone systems to effectively counter the threat.
The dual-drone terrorist attack on Jammu Air Force station with IEDs on June 27 and subsequent sightings of unidentified drones at various locations near the Indo-Pakistan border forced agencies to security to rethink defense preparedness against such UAV attacks. Police officers operating in Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) and Dandakaranya (Chhattisgarh), struck by the Maoists, also spotted drones near the camps of the security forces.
Given the backdrop, a conference was recently held in Shamirpet at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) – the CISF training academy that guards several vital facilities such as airports, nuclear facilities, oil refineries. , energy projects and government offices – to discuss drone and anti-drone technologies.
CISF officials said the agency immediately requested anti-drone technology to protect the establishments under their protection. “We already use drones for surveillance. But anti-drone technology is not available. A Jammu-type drone attack on some of the vital facilities we guard could cause unimaginable losses, ”said a CISF official.
Another paramilitary agency, the CRPF, which already uses drones for surveillance, is also relying on anti-drone technology to thwart the plans of the ultras. “We use drones to follow Maoist movements. Drones are used to monitor suspected terrorists at J&K. But with Maoists and terrorist groups also using drones for surveillance and even attacks, we now need a counter-mechanism. From now on, we just open fire when a drone is flying over our camps, ”said a CRPF official.
A representative of Zen Technologies Ltd, one of the companies involved in the development of the anti-drone system, mentioned that their system can identify, track drones using several methods, including radio frequency detection, identification and video tracking, radar and neutralizing it either by frequency jamming or by shooting it down using a self-aligning pistol. The system can also capture malicious drones using a drone with a hanging net.
“Currently, our anti-drone system is being tested by security forces,” said Abdul Imran, representative of Zen Technologies Ltd. While so far it has been one or two drones (as in the Jammu incident), the threat of multiple drones attacking simultaneously may soon become a reality.
Badrinarayan Rangarajan, founder of Vishwa Swarm, a drone swarm project incubated at the Bangalore-based art park, said, “We are working to deal with a potential future threat, an attack by a drone swarm. Our Vishwa Swarm project involves using a swarm of drones to neutralize the threat. Currently, we do not have a comprehensive anti-drone solution in the country. Together with other companies that manufacture drones, our goal is to provide a complete solution. ”