Navy Seals Contract with BEL to Procure First Made-in-India Anti-drone System

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The NADS can immediately detect micro drones and makes use of a laser-based “kill mechanism” to terminate the targets

  • PTI New Delhi
  • Last Updated:August 31, 2021, 23:16 IST

The Indian Navy on Tuesday sealed a contract with defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the availability of the primary indigenously developed Naval Anti Drone System (NADS), the defence ministry stated. The NADS, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by BEL, is the primary indigenously developed anti-drone system to be inducted into the Indian armed forces, it stated. “The Indian Navy has signed a contract with Navratna Defence public sector endeavor BEL for the availability of the primary indigenous complete Naval Anti Drone System with each hard-kill and smooth kill capabilities,” the ministry said in a statement.

The NADS can instantly detect micro drones and uses a laser-based “kill mechanism” to terminate the targets, it stated. Serious issues over threats from enemy drones first emerged in June when two drones have been utilized by suspected Pakistan-based terrorists to assault the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu. Some explosives have been dropped on the airbase utilizing unmanned aerial autos that triggered alarm amongst nationwide safety planners.

The NADS was first deployed to offer safety cowl for the Republic Day Parade this yr and later in the course of the prime minister’s Independence Day handle to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort. “The system, which presents 360-degree protection, was additionally deployed in Ahmedabad for the Modi-Trump roadshow,” the ministry said. It said the NADS uses the help of Radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors and radio frequency (RF) detectors to detect and jam the micro drones. “The DRDO’s RF/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) detects the frequency which is being used by the controller and the signals are then jammed,” the ministry stated.

“The anti-drone expertise system of DRDO offers for each ‘soft kill’ and ‘hard kill’ choices to the Indian Armed Forces to deal with fast-emerging aerial threats,” it said. Both the static and mobile versions of NADS will be supplied to the Indian Navy within a short time from the signing of the contract, the ministry added.

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