The National Security Guard (NSG) is planning to have an anti-drone system soon to keep a watch over Sardar Patel Statue of Unity over the Narmada in Kevadia, Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to host a series of programmes on October 31 in the area. The programme be be organised to celebrate the freedom fighter’s birth anniversary.
With the threat of drones looming large security forces are on their toes. A top NSG official said, “The anti-drone system has been adopted by various agencies during national events like the Independence Day or Republic Day. Now, the technology is likely to be used in Gujarat for the big event.”
The anti-drone system is Swedish technology having a radar scanning area of 200 km. The system can bring down the drones in the vicinity, the NSG official explained.
October 31 progromme has security arrangements made by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) but according to sources Special Protection Group (SPG) and NSG will also be part of security arrangements.
ANTI-DRONE SYSTEM SNEAK PEEK
On Tuesday, an audience got a glimpse of the anti-drone system. The NSG or sometimes called Black Cats displayed its anti-drone technology abilities in Manesar, Harayana on during its Foundation Day celebrations. The event was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who was the chied guest of the 35th Raising Day.
Commending the force Amit Shah said, “The NSG has impressed the world with its capabilities to counter any terror attack possible today. This inspires confidence in the minds of the people of the country – that they are in safe hands.”
The NSG displayed its anti-drone technology. A made-in-Israel model was showcased to audience in Manesar. The model is called High Electro-Magnetic Pulse (HEMP). With brought in two years ago, NSG is the only Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to have this drone technology to detect, identify and neutralise the threat drones possess. An NSG officer explained that signals coming from enemy drones can be blocked using the HEMP.
He shed light upon how signals coming from an enemy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), in a three-kilometre range of HEMP, can be blocked. Not just that but the HEMP can also relay the exact information of its handler to HEMP’s control and command room.
DG NSG SS Dehwal told India Today, “We are ready to face any situation.”
With NSG sending its team to Punjab-Pakistan border areas to assess the drones recovered in the reagion, Dehwal said, “Intelligence inputs indicate that drones from Pakistan are supplying arms and drugs in Punjab through intrusion using drone technology. The terrorists are using drones now,” adding that “but there is the BSF, Indian Army and Indian Air Force [IAF] there including NSS” to counter these situations.
DRONES AND NSG
According to sources, the drones procured by the NSG is undergoing tests. However, more anti-drones system can be deployed at various places of significance.
Dehwal also confirmed that the NSG is looking to expand the footprints of the Black Cats in the country. Speaking to India Today, Dehwal said, “From last one year, we are having functional hub in Srinagar to also cater to emergency situations in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Dehwal added, “Our neighbouring country does not behave with desired ethics and there is mischief from the other side. So, for catering to those situations, functional hub has already been established in Srinagar and we are in the process of deciding to establish the latest hub in the vicinity of Amritsar or Pathankot in Punjab.”