Counter-drone strategy for airports ready

Aviation security watchdog BCAS has finalized a strategy to neutralize drones near airports, with the government set to unveil a framework to regulate unmanned aircraft systems in the country.

The counter-drone plan prepared by a committee headed by Director General of BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) Kumar Rajesh Chandra has proposed neutralizing drones through a “soft kill” approach which will include entrapping or jamming drones instead of destroying them.

The strategy deals with drones operating near aerodromes as the body is mandated to ensure aviation security. The Ministry of Home Affairs may prepare a separate plan to deal with drone attacks in sensitive zones such as Parliament, said a government official.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had released draft rules for unmanned aircraft systems in November last year and proposed to ban their operation within 5 km radius of an airport and 50 km from an international border.

About BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security):

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security is an attached office of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India.

It is the regulatory authority for civil aviation security in India.

It is headed by an officer of the rank of Director General of Police and is designated as Commissioner of Security (Civil Aviation).

Commissioner of security (CA) is the appropriate authority for implementation of Annexure 17 to Chicago convention of International civil aviation organization (ICAO)

Commissioner of security (CA) is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the National Civil Aviation Security Programme.

The main responsibility of BCAS is laying down standards and measures in respect of the security of civil flights at International and domestic airports in India.

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