DRDO's Counter-Drone System Ready for Production

  • 10 Jan 2024

Recently, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully developed and demonstrated its counter-drone system, now ready for production.

Key Points

  • New Orders: The Defence Ministry revealed that several armed services and internal security agencies have witnessed the system, with initial orders already placed.
  • DRDO is now directing efforts towards high-end Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) while collaborating with private industries for smaller drone capabilities.
  • Integrated Anti-Drone System: DRDO's anti-drone system encompasses detection, identification, and neutralization capabilities.
  • Three Services have placed 23 orders with BEL for this technology, adaptable to diverse challenges, including border security.
  • Transfer of Technology (ToT) to Private Industries: BEL, Adani, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and Icom have received ToT for the anti-drone technologies.
  • Capable of countering various drone types, including micro drones.
  • Focus on Anti-Drone Technology: DRDO emphasizes collaboration with the industry for anti-drone technology.
  • Research and Development (R&D) efforts primarily directed at countering drone threats.
  • Advancements in UAV Development: Tapas Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance is in advanced developmental trials.
  • Short-range armed UAV Archer is under development for reconnaissance, surveillance, and low-intensity conflict.