“We are exploring the possibility of jamming signals to bring down the number of drones flying near airports. The talks with drone manufacturers have been on to establish a command centre manned by experts who would be able to detect, penetrate and neutralise radio signals of drones, which could collide with aircraft,” the official said.
It is learnt that the Civil Aviation Ministry has invited all 10 companies to give a demonstration. They have been asked to assemble in Delhi sometime in February next year to showcase their capability to deal with rogue drones. Sources said an Indian company, IdeaForge, has also been invited by the government. The company claims to be the first indigenous drone manufacturer. It was started in 2007 by four IIT Bombay students. IdeaForge, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation, had developed Netra, a micro-drone used by the Indian armed forces and other government organizations for surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
“No other country at present has any mechanism to take down drones flying dangerously close to airports. In the US, the menace is growing and the Federal Aviation Administration is scrambling to handle the situation. The real threat is not from easily available toys, but from drones fitted with powerful explosives that could target aircraft,” a source said.