The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the request of the Delhi Police to deploy the latest anti-drone system (ADS) of DRDO. The system has features like radar and soft kill and hard kill, as part of security arrangements for the Republic Day parade on January 26 and the Beating Retreat Ceremony on January 29.
Zephyr, Airbus’ high-altitude drone programme, will be spun off in order to establish a stand-alone telecom and earth observation company that will begin conducting business by the end of the year. The unmanned, solar-powered Zephyr planes operate at the edge of space, and the European aerospace and defence business has hired Morgan Stanley to identify outside partners to assist accelerate the commercialization of the technology.
The Zephyr is “now at a final design stage,” according to Samer Halawi, a former executive at Intelsat and OneWeb who has been running the programme at Airbus since last summer. He continued by saying that the company was “ready to monetize this aircraft” and create a “complete business” around it. The current Zephyr Z8, which was originally created by engineers from the defence company Qinetiq, has a wingspan of 25m but only weights 75kg.
It recharges its batteries and flies using solar panels. It is intended to travel at a height of around 70,000 feet in the stratosphere, near the edge of space, above weather systems and commercial aircraft but below traditional satellites.
Anti-Drone System For The R-Day Parade
The Delhi Integrated Air Defence Centre (DIADC), which coordinates the usage of airspace with other agencies, has been instructed by the MHA to deploy a suitable IAF officer with the ADS so that he may monitor the airspace and declare a flying object hostile. Additionally, a Delhi Police officer with the rank of ACP should be stationed there. This officer will be in charge of deciding whether to engage a target that has been flagged as hostile by an IAF official.
The Delhi Police states that it is forbidden to use paragliders, paramotors, hang gliders, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), micro-light aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small powered aircraft, quadcopters, and even to parachute from an aircraft in Delhi.
Unwanted drones and unmanned aerial vehicles are detected and/or intercepted using anti-drone devices (UAVs). The proliferation of low-cost UAVs has increased the number of hostile drone occurrences. These incidents may involve the use of hostile drones to drop explosives, smuggle drugs, or gather intelligence on valuable assets.
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