New Delhi: DRDO-developed Counter Drone System transfer of technology documents were handed over by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on April 7 to the Indian industry, including companies like Larsen & Toubro, Astra Microwave and Adani Defence Systems in New Delhi.
At an event organised at DRDO Bhawan, the handover to the Indian industries took place in the presence of Union and state defence ministers, other dignitaries. The transfer took place while Singh released the third positive indigenisation list of defence equipment.
The other companies include ICOMM Tele Ltd and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).
Counter Drone System can detect, track and identify airborne drones using multiple sensors, transfer the information to associated systems and enable counter techniques to deny them the intended operation (soft kill) and/ or destroy them (hard kill).
The detection of drone is done with the help of Radars and RF based detection system. The identification is done with the help of Electro Optic sensor and COMINT. The soft kill is carried out with RF jamming & Anti GNSS technologies, and Hard kill with the help of Laser Directed Energy Weapon (DEW). The system can detect, identify and neutralise different types of drones including Small Hybrid UAVs, Micro UAV/ Multi rotor, and Nano UAVs.
The third list consists of over 100 items, including complex equipment and systems which are being developed and likely to translate into firm orders over the next five years. Orders worth more than Rs 2,10,000 crore are likely to be placed on the Industry in the next five years as part of the items covered in the third list, the Defence Ministry had said.
Contracts for 31 projects worth Rs 53,839 crore have been signed by the Armed Forces since the notification of the first and second lists. Acceptance of Necessity (AoNs) for 83 projects worth Rs 1,77,258 crore have been accorded. In addition, cases worth Rs 2,93,741 crore will be progressed in the next five-seven years.