Hyderabad-Based Robotics Firm Unveils AI-Powered Autonomous Anti-Drone System

  • 06 Sep 2023

Recently, a cutting-edge autonomous anti-drone system, driven by artificial intelligence (AI), was revealed by a Hyderabad-based robotics company.

This innovative system is capable of safeguarding not only critical installations like nuclear facilities and oil rigs but also vast areas, potentially covering entire cities, from various types of drones.

Key Points:

  • Introduction of Indrajaal: Grene Robotics, a deep-tech firm specializing in AI-powered security solutions for defence, enterprise, and government sectors, showcased this advanced drone security system named "Indrajaal."
  • Indrajaal is recognized as the world's exclusive wide-area Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS), offering a comprehensive and integrated security solution against agile threats that static defences cannot effectively counter.
  • Indrajaal's Design and Capabilities: Indrajaal employs a LEGO-like combination mechanism, incorporating 12 distinct layers of AI-powered technology.
  • It offers 360-degree protection, capable of real-time detection, identification, classification, tracking, and neutralization of threats.
  • The system's response time can be as short as 30 seconds to a few minutes.
  • Indrajaal can defend against various classes and levels of autonomous drones across an expansive area of 4,000 square kilometers.
  • Rising Hostile UAV Activity: The increase in hostile UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity in India has become a growing concern. Incidents include attempts to drop weapons, money, and narcotics across the border and missions to surveil Indian security forces.
  • Differentiating Friendly and Threatening Drones: Grene Robotics emphasizes that the future will witness extensive drone activity, with the majority being friendly drones rather than threats. Indrajaal possesses the capability to distinguish between friendly and hostile drones.
  • Cost and Practicality: The cost of implementing Indrajaal is considered reasonable, with a ballpark figure of Rs. 5 crore, making it a justifiable capital infrastructure cost for safeguarding critical facilities.
  • Limitations of Current Deployments: Existing drone defense systems have limitations, as standalone systems are neither scalable nor practical.
  • Radar-based detection is inaccurate for low radar cross-section (RCS) drones close to the ground, and it cannot identify the operating radio frequency.
  • Jamming can only delay an attack, laser weapons require specific conditions, and there is no countermeasure against swarm attacks.
  • Point defense systems relying on physical sighting are ineffective against moving drone targets.