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Heron, Searcher, Sea Guardian, SWITCH — the many UAVs that make up India’s drone arsenal

UAVs are not just meant for long range surveillance but also for carrying out precision strikes. ThePrint gives you a roundup of the various drones in India's unmanned aerial squadrons.

Drone policing during Covid exposes India’s need for data protection law

Modi govt's Draft Drone Rules 2021 do not have any of the incremental provisions of the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 or any mention of safeguards to privacy.
A Heron 1 UAV in flight

Project Cheetah set to take off, India to get upgraded & armed drones from Israel

Under the project, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Israeli Herons will be upgraded to undertake specialised and longer surveillance missions & precision strikes.
Police inspect after drone activities were suspected at three different areas of Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir, on 29 July 2021 | Twitter/@ANI

Suspected Pakistani drones spotted at 3 different places in J&K’s Samba

The officials said BSF personnel fired a couple of rounds towards one of the drones before it returned to the Pakistani side. The other 2 disappeared shortly after hovering.
Representational image of security forces at an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan trying to supply arms, ammunition to terror groups using drones: J&K Police chief

The J&K Police Friday shot down a hexa-copter, which had come from Pakistan carrying an IED and could cause heavy casualties.
Security personnel at the Jammu Air Force Station after two low-intensity explosions were reported in the early hours of 27 June | PTI Photo

J&K police shoots down drone carrying 5 kg IED material in border belt of Jammu

After receiving information on drone flying over border belt of Kanachak along the International Border, a quick reaction team shot it down Thursday night, police official said.

Why India’s drone market could become a multi-billion-dollar industry in next decade

The Indian drone market is expected to reach $1.21 billion in 2021, and 2022 will be the year the country will witness widespread usage of drones.
Soldiers carrying out a patrolling drill at the LoC | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

LoC, cameras, action — how hi-tech equipment is helping Indian Army guard the border better

Emergency financial powers besides existing special financial powers have helped the Army make technological upgrades to infantry soldiers along the LoC and LAC.
A drone is used to spray insecticides on swarms of locusts in Agra, on 30 June 2021 | Representational image | ANI

More safety measures, fewer approvals — what govt’s new draft policy for drones offers

‘Drone Rules 2021’ seek to replace the UAS Rules that came into force in March this year. The new rules are open for public suggestions until 5 August.

Aviation ministry issues draft rules to ensure ease of using drones in India

According to the new draft rules, drone corridors will be developed for cargo deliveries and a drone promotion council will be set up to facilitate a drone-friendly regulatory regime.