Friday, November 24, 2017

Shoot-at-sight order for aerial platforms near Nagpur airport

Nagpur: The Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) have now been empowered by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to neutralize sub-conventional aerial platforms like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), drones, para-gliders, parachutes and so on, if they are sighted in the civil airspace within 10 km of the airport.
The paramilitary force, which is entrusted with the security of the airports in India, now can shoot down any such vehicles or gadgets without requiring to employ any other measures to bring it down. The order was issued with the rising of the threat perception from the anti-Indian organizations and terrorists especially technically savvy operatives of Islamic State (IS).
Apart from metros like Mumbai and Delhi, Nagpur's Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport too has started to attain a higher degree of sensitivity with the movements of top echelons of RSS and BJP ministers increasing.
An intelligence input of the possible aerial terror attacks by the terrorists using the sub-conventional aerial platforms had been already received by the government. In 2015, the then Minister of state had informed the parliament that the government was preparing a standard operating procedure for detection, identification and neutralization of threats from the sub-conventional aerial platforms. The minister had also informed the house that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was also engaged in formulating a regulation for the certification and operation of the UAV.
24/11/17 Soumitra Bose/Times of India