Jammu and Kashmir to get advanced drone shield soon

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The central security agency plans to test modern global anti-drone systems, including Israel’s laser technology-based solutions, and deploy them at critical locations in Jammu and Kashmir and along the Pakistani border in the coming months, reported Times of India.

Quoting the unnamed sources TOI reported that while some of the anti-drone systems, currently available with various agencies like NSG and NTRO, are already being installed and tested at locations like the Jammu airport and some select border stretches, the larger plan is to expand the deployment of anti-drone technologies designed to track, intercept and inactivate drones within a possible 5-6 km range, to vital or key security installations within J-K, apart from using them to secure the border with Pakistan.

“This will help not only tackle drones being sent with payloads like the one used in the recent attack on Jammu IAF base, but also those detected so far carrying weapons, narcotics and even ready-to-use IEDs,” a source told TOI.

“This shows that there may be proper control-rooms just across the border to launch the kind of sophisticated, ‘micro’ drones used to bomb the IAF facility on June 27,” an officer told the newspaper.

An intelligence officer told the newspaper that the drones already in possession of civilians in J-K are being seized. “Though their purpose is often explained as wedding or tourism photography, the threat of they being launched by terrorists or overground workers cannot be ruled out,” said an intelligence officer.

Indian agencies, as per the sources of TOI, are keen to test Israel’s advanced anti-drone systems, including Iron Dome technologies, that can detect and intercept drones with good precision.

“The target is to test these systems over a week or two and have them installed to cover vital installations and the western border in the following couple of months. The systems available have a range of destroying drones within a range of 5-6 km to as far as 30 km,”ca source in the Central security establishment told TOI.

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