IAF to procure 10 anti-drone systems for border deployment

IANS
Tuesday, 6 July 2021

IAF has floated a Request for Information (RFI) for Indian vendors for Counter Unarmed Aircraft System (CUAS) that can be armed with laser directed energy weapons to bring down rogue drones.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to procure 10 anti-drone systems as an aftermath of the recent drone attack at the IAF station in Jammu. On June 27, bombs were dropped at the station using two unmanned aerial vehicles. Even though the National Investigation Agency has taken up the probe into the matter, the procurement of anti-drone systems is aimed at stopping further such attacks in the bordering areas.

IAF’s specifications for the drones:

According to reports, IAF has floated a Request for Information (RFI) for Indian vendors for Counter Unarmed Aircraft System (CUAS) that can be armed with laser directed energy weapons to bring down rogue drones.

The RFI stated: "The CUAS is intended to detect, track, identify, designate and neutralize hostile UAS. Laser Directed Energy Weapon (Laser-DEW) is essentially required as a kill option."

It stated that the systems should be equipped with Global Navigation Satellite Jammer System (GNSS) and Radio Frequency jammers as a soft kill option and Laser-based Directed Energy Weapon (Laser-DEW) as a hard kill option to destroy the drones. "It should provide a multi-sensor, multi-kill solution to enforce effective no fly zones for unmanned aircraft while inflicting minimal collateral damage to the surrounding environment. It should generate a composite air situational picture for the operator and generate alerts based on user defined parameters," the RFI stated.

The Air Force stated that these anti-drone systems are required in mobile configuration mounted on indigenous vehicles with cross country capability and powered by indigenous Electrical Power Supply (EPS) system. The anti-drone system should have provision for dismounting of all subsystems including integral power solution from the vehicle and mounting on rooftop/open ground.

"The entire system should be road and air transportable. The design should include modularity for quick deployment and withdrawal," it stated. The RFI specify that the radar should have 360-degree coverage with a range of 5 km for a mini unmanned aircraft system.

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