Amid growing number of cases of drones being used to smuggle arms, explosives and drugs across the border, the Union government will soon issue guidelines for technology procurement and anti-drone systems.
Although the Border Security Force (BSF), the National Security Guard (NSG) as well as the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) have been working on counter drone technology, things are on the mend. a nascent stage and it will take time to find effective counter-drone technology, sources within security said.
The Union Home Office has collected feedback from the Central Security Forces to formulate the standard guidelines for the purchase of counter drone technology and it is learned that the possible technology has been identified by the government and that purchasing guidelines will be released soon, officials said. .
They also stated that Draft Qualitative Requirements (QRS) have been sent by the BSF and Expression of Interest (EoI) has been solicited from manufacturers and potential suppliers to supply the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones.
The BSF is looking for a portable gun to shoot down drones or a group of drones (Swarm attack) at a considerable distance of 1000m to 2500m.
The BSF has been researching the technology for anti-drone guns which should be portable, lightweight, able to operate day or night and should have radio signal jamming technology, the security sources said.
“The system must be able to jam the radio signal between the visible drone and the remote control center. In terms of operational capability, technology must accompany guns capable of neutralizing objects flying across the border,” said said a BSF official said on condition of anonymity.
Officials also said the technology must have the ability to fire drones within 10 to 15 seconds of detection.
There have been around 60 drone sightings along the northern border of Jammu and Kashmir and the western border of Punjab.
Recently, drone strikes in Abu Dhabi have demonstrated the threats they pose. There is a constant threat to vital installations near border areas which are under constant surveillance, a senior CISF official said.
On January 17, Houthi rebels in Yemen targeted Abu Dhabi International Airport and civilian infrastructure using drones, killing six people, including two Indians.
In June 2021, IEDs were dropped on the air force station in Jammu using drones, which were sent across the border.
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