As Pak groups target border infra, India needs anti-drone systems

As terrorists and Maoists have started using standoff weapons at the best of their handlers across the international borders, the need for India to get equipped with the latest anti-drone technologies has been red-flagged by the drone attack held by Pakistan based Lashkar E Taiba (LeT) terror group on the Jammu airbase last Sunday.

With both countries deploying air defence radars along the active Line of Control, it was believed by the security planners along with the air warriors that the armed drones shall not be able to withstand the hostile environment of the LOC between India and Pakistan but the drone attack brought home the stark truth to all.

Along the western borders from Jammu and Kashmir to Gujarat, the Border Security Force (BSF) has recorded more than 99 drone sightings since 2020. Sightings of drones have also been witnessed by the Border Security Force in Maoist infested areas of eastern India.

Although the threat which is posed by terror rooms to Indian security for the past few years is well known to the national security council secretariat yet only a request for information has been floated for the acquisition of anti-drone systems to date due to tedious Indian acquisition processes.

A demonstrator anti-drone system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization which is still to be tested either on the Line of Control or the Line of Actual Control. Although a final call is to be taken by the users, the Defence Research and Development Organization system was tested in January 2021 at the NSG facility in Manesar.

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