DEAL­ING WITH HOS­TILE DRONES

SP's Airbuz - - News Briefs -

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.

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