With the increasing concerns about the potential security risks of rogue drones, organisations across various industries have been adopting counter-drone technologies. Owing to this, the global anti-drone market has been on the rise in the recent years. Considering the tremendous opportunities and the promising future that the sector holds, it can possibly contribute significantly to India’s GDP as well, if unleashed at its full potential.
As per NITI Aayog, the drone market is likely to reach around $50 billion in the next 15 years. However, as much as there are drones flying overhead, it is crucial to have counter-drone technology in place to tackle them. The importance of counter-drone technology cannot be overstated, not only in the military and commercial sectors, but it plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of civilians as well. It has become all the more important amid the pandemic, with all kinds of drones dotting skylines of several states in India.
India has recorded over 19,500 registered drones as of March 2020, the number of which is far less than other countries like China and the US. Moreover, the number of drones that are indigenously developed is meagre. If a favourable ecosystem be made for manufacturing drones – whether it is in terms of investments or R&D, there is no doubt to the fact that our country can develop world-class counter-drone solutions as well. The military and defence sector have already been developing counter-drone technology, with the one developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) being the first anti-drone tech to have been used for guarding VVIPs during Republic Day parade earlier in January, 2020. However, there is still a need for more locally manufactured drones and counter-drone solutions which can also contribute to the government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat mission and in turn the $5 trillion economy.
As a research organisation, Bharat Aero team has also been doing its part by helping the OEMs manufacture more robust counter-drone technology. Given the capability of electromagnetic waves in neutralising drones, we have been researching on the impact of EMW Analytics and what happens if a particular wave comes in contact with a particular part of a drone. Even though there are lots of counter-drone measures available globally, loopholes still persist. Thus, at Bharat Aero, what we seek to do is leverage our expertise and knowledge to help organisations achieve their asset protection goals.