DEALING WITH HOSTILE DRONES
After the two episodes on the same day in the recent past of airliners, reporting a Drone operating in the vicinity of the runway while the airliners were approaching to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, it is understood that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have got galvanised and are in the process of drafting rules and regulations to control operations by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also referred to as Drones, in civil air space. Under the new regulations, the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that is responsible for airport security, may be endowed with powers to shoot down hostile and suspicious Drones. The aim is to ensure that Drones do not become a threat to air safety. The two incidents quoted above might not appear to have posed serious threat to the airliners approaching to land, but security agencies are trying to put systems in place to ensure they would strike early if the unmanned aerial vehicles prove to be dangerous. The new regulations would cater for situations when Drones are employed for terror strikes. As per the DGCA, the policy would soon be available in the public domain for comments and inputs before its finalisation.