Centre may fix stricter rules for unmanned aircraft systems

On Sunday, two explosive devices were dropped from a drone at the air force base in Jammu, in what was the first known drone attack on an Indian military establishment.

In the backdrop of the drone attack at the Indian Air Force base in Jammu, the Ministry of Civil Aviation could potentially check out making the prevailing regulations for unmanned aircraft systems more stringent, said government officials.

On Sunday, two explosive devices were dropped from a drone at the air force base in Jammu, in what was the  known drone attack on an Indian military establishment.

One of the senior government officials came in touch with The Indian Express portal and said that, “Current drone rules are sufficient to get information into system about drones from the manufacturer or importer to end users. However, rogue drones will always be non-compliant. But yes, tightened regulations are required to create deterrence.”

The guidelines had suggested various measures to counter rogue drones counting on the vitality of assets being protected. For places of critical national importance, the principles involved deployment of a model that consists of primary and passive detection means like radar, radio frequency detectors, electro-optical and infrared cameras. And additionally to the present , soft kill and hard kill measures like RF jammers, GPS spoofers, lasers, and drone catching nets were also suggested to be installed.

Further, to make sure that a coordinated approach is taken in deploying counter rogue drone measures, the report suggested fixing of a committee chaired by a representative of the Indian Air Force and comprising representatives from NSG, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), state police departments, DGCA, AAI, National Technical Research Organisation, IB and DRDO.

Besides the measures laid right down to deal with rogue drones, the DGCA already has regulations in situ for civilian drone operations. These include mandating the no-permission, no-takeoff (NPNT) regulations for drones that prescribe a built-in firewall, which prevents drones without the required permissions from beginning.

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