Bengaluru: The threat perception is real. Late in 2015, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) issued alerts of drone attacks in Delhi. Last month, Mumbai airport was put on high alert after a pilot spotted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), popularly called drone.
But agencies in India don’t have a concrete solution. Unlike shooting down an enemy fighter aircraft on no man’s land, bringing down a drone using firepower in cities isn’t a viable option. Also, there’s no possibility of a ‘hot pursuit’ (where a missile follows a target emitting carbon or thermal energy) since these vehicles don’t emit carbon.
A technological solution, therefore, is the only option. A team from the Indian institute of Science (IISc) and the National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bengaluru, including noted scientist and former member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Prof Baldev Raj, are trying to develop the same.