New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has initiated its process to acquire 10 counter unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) in light of the recent drone attack on the Jammu airbase. As per the Request for Information (RFI) issued on Monday for the project, the main weapon of Made in India anti-drone system should be a Laser-based Directed Energy Weapon. The IAF will deploy these systems at different airbases and has asked vendors to provide a multi-sensor, multi-kill solution to enforce effectively.
In order to provide security across all its bases, the IAF has mandated that all the ten CUAS are required in mobile configuration mounted on indigenous vehicles with cross-country capability.
“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 said.
The CUAS should have provision for dismounting of all sub-systems including integral power solution from the vehicle and mounting on roof top/ open ground.
Two low-intensity explosions rocked the high-security technical area of the Indian Air Force Station at Jammu on June 27, at around 2 AM. Two IAF personnel suffered minor injuries in the blasts.
Reports say that the two blasts were reported in quick succession. The first blast was reported at 1.37 AM and the second at 1.43 AM. The probe into the attack is now being handled by the National Investigation Agency.
After the attack, district administration of Srinagar and Rajouri banned the sale and purchase of drones by private citizens. The order, exempted government departments using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance in agricultural, environmental conservation and disaster mitigation sectors but directed them to inform the local police station before using them.
The administration cautioned that any violation of the guidelines will attract punitive action, and directed police to implement the restrictions in letter and spirit.
(With inputs from ANI)