The Civil Aviation Ministry produced a strategy statement in October 2019 to address potential security threats posed by rogue drones to critical infrastructure such as nuclear power plants and military facilities.

The Airports Authority of India is expected to purchase two anti-drone systems in fiscal year 2022-23! According to a paper released by the AAI’s airport systems directorate, the counter-drone system shall provide a multi-sensor based complete and comprehensive solution for drone detection, identification, tracking, and naturalisation. According to a PTI report, in the financial year 2022-23, the Airports Authority of India is expected to purchase two counter drone systems with an estimated procurement value of Rs 9.9 crore. Rogue drones launched two bombs into the IAF station at Jammu airport in June of this year, injuring two people.

In response to the June attack, Smit Shah, Director – Partnerships, Drone Federation of India (DFI), said that India should invest more in counter-drone research and technology, as well as procure them in a planned manner, to address security concerns raised by rogue operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles. India has a few companies conducting indigenous research and others collaborating with foreign suppliers, but Shah believes that greater attention should be paid to this area of counter-drone technology. To stop unmanned aerial vehicles, counter-drone technology employs radars, electro-optical technologies, radio-frequency devices, acoustic mechanisms, or a combination of sensors.

The Civil Aviation Ministry produced a strategy statement in October 2019 to address potential security threats posed by rogue drones to critical infrastructure such as nuclear power plants and military facilities. Multiple occurrences of drone sightings near commercial aircraft and major airports such as Mumbai and New Delhi, according to the dossier, have generated flight safety concerns.

With the rise in drone use, the threat quotient for VVIPs who can be targeted by rogue drones has also increased. There is no official statistics on the amount of civilian drones operating in the country, according to the article. In India, however, it is estimated that there are between four and six lakh drones.

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