In an answer to the recent J&K blasts that rocked the valley and shook the Indian Air Force’s airport, India is all set to acquire 10 Made in India anti-drone systems. The Indian government has already expedited its process of acquisition of 10 counter drone systems for future deployment in India.
With the ever-evolving nature of war and defence, newer technologies have emerged that can not only carry out lethal attacks, but can do so with minimal human intervention. We are, of course talking about drones. These unmanned aircrafts can carry explosive materials, can attack locations with limited security infrastructure, and can even gather intelligence.
To counter attack such attacks, the Indian Air Force has kicked off its process of acquiring 10 counter drones that will be deployed at various locations across India. The Indian Air Force’s move comes right after the J&K International Airport’s technical division, which was under Indian Air Force’s authority, was attacked 2 weeks ago.
IAF Floats IAF for Made in India Systems
Now the IAF has floated a RFI (Request for Invitation) bids for anti-drone systems for the prominent airbases in the nation. The more significant development comes in the fact that the RFI has been floated to Indian vendors that may be in the position to supply ‘Made-in-India’ anti-drone system. Further, IAF’s request also mandates the main weapon to be equipped with laser-based directed energy weapon.
According to the RFI, the anti-drone systems will be required to, “detect, track, identify, designate and neutralize” hostile drones, and a Laser Directed Energy Weapon (Laser-DEW) is essentially required as a “kill option”.
Know More about the Potential Anti-Drone System
Exploring the potential anti-drone systems, the RFI asks for Global Navigation Satellite Jammer System (GNSS) and Radio Frequency Jammers. In a potential threat like situation, anti-drone systems will able to destroy the drones before they can inflict destruction.
The requirements as per the RFI state-
“It should provide a multi-sensor, multi-kill solution to enforce effective no fly zones for unmanned aircraft while inflicting minimal collateral damage to the surrounding environment. It should generate a composite air situational picture for the operator and generate alerts based on user defined parameters.”
Anti-Drone System Must be Vehicle Mounted
These counter-drone systems are also sought to be in mobile configuration so that they can be configured quickly and can be mounted on vehicles with cross country capability and powered with EPS (Electrical Power Supply) system. Further, the anti-drone system are also sought to come with an ability of being dismounted of all its sub-system including its power solution. This means that the future anti-drone systems will be modular.
Should be Air Transportable
According to the RFI, the entire anti-drone system must also be air transportable and for its deployment and withdrawal, it must possess modularity. Further, RFI also seeks that the radar of the anti-drone system with a 360-degrees coverage and a range of its 5 km for its drone system. It will be a massive strength to the Indian defence as it will be able to detect mini drones that are usually challenging to be detected. The mini drones’ ability to lay low, fly low and fly on a much slower speed.