India: Weeks before drones turn legal, govt agencies test jammers to tackle rogue craft


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.

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Source: Hindustan Times