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IAF invites bids to acquire 10 anti-drone systems in wake of Jammu air station attack

The RFI said that vendors are to indicate the delivery schedule with a stage-wise breakup of the entire project, post conclusion of the contract.

July 06, 2021 / 08:33 AM IST
The IAF has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking responses from Indian companies for 10 counter-drone systems. (Representational image)

The IAF has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking responses from Indian companies for 10 counter-drone systems. (Representational image)

In the wake of a drone attack on the Jammu air force station on June 27, the Indian Air Force (IAF) now wants to purchase 10 counter-unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS). The IAF has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking responses from Indian companies for 10 counter-drone systems.

"The CUAS is intended to detect, track, identify, designate and neutralise hostile UAS. Laser Directed Energy Weapon (Laser-DEW) is essentially required as a kill option," the Request for Information document said.

Read: Jammu Airport Attack | NIA probe suggests attackers used two drones

The RFI said that vendors are to indicate the delivery schedule with a stage-wise breakup of the entire project, post conclusion of the contract.

"It is envisaged to commence delivery of CUAS at the earliest after the signing of the contract and to be completed preferably within 12 months," it said.

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The vendors must also state if the CUAS is designed, produced and manufactured in India or whether it will be built via a technology transfer agreement with a foreign company, it added.

Also read: India works on counter-drone strategy to avoid Jammu-like attacks; DRDO says it's tech can fend off threats

The CUAS should provide a "multi-sensor, multi-kill solution to enforce effective no-fly zones for unmanned aircraft while inflicting minimal collateral damage to the surrounding environment. It should generate a composite air situational picture for the operator and generate alerts based on user-defined parameters".

Two IAF personnel were injured in the explosions that took place within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari on the outskirts of Jammu town. The second one was on the ground.

Read: Economic benefits of drones outweigh rare instances of them being used as weapons: Drone Federation of India chief

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigation into what was the first instance of Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike vital installations in India on June 29.

On July 2, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said the involvement of Pakistan in the drone attack can't be ruled out as there is a strong suspicion about the role of terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in it.

Singh had said the use of armed drones by Pakistan-based terrorists is a serious threat to the security system and there was a need to have a relook at the security of vital places and persons.
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first published: Jul 6, 2021 08:33 am

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