With the civil aviation ministry all set to legalise the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, government agencies are testing jammers capable of disabling drones that may pose a security threat.
A device designed to block the communication system of drones is currently being tested at the Delhi airport. A chopper with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and National Security Guard personnel aboard will also be kept as back-up to handle emergency situations.
“Although proposed civil aviation guidelines declare an area of five kilometres around the airport as a no-drone zone, violations cannot be ruled out. Drones are usually handled by an operator through a remote communication system. The device we are testing will block that communication system, after which the operator will have no control over the drone,” a CISF officer said on the condition of anonymity.
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) plans to bring in a legislation to prevent the misuse of drones, especially near the airport. While the airport security force has been told to treat drones as a possible security threat, no guidelines have been issued on how to respond if such a craft is seen in the vicinity.
Source: Hindustan Times