Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Anti-drone regulations to be issued within week's time: BCAS official

New Delhi: Aviation security regulator BCAS will issue regulations within a week to counter any rogue drones in the country, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) Deputy Director General Maheshwar Dayal said the "anti-drone" specifications will be released in "less than a week's time". "It is in the final stages. I think it will be a quantum leap towards secure skies in a very literal sense," he said at an event "Smart Safe Secure Skies".
 The event was organised by FICCI and French electronics conglomerate Thales.
On August 1, BCAS Director General Rakesh Asthana had said the Civil Aviation Ministry constituted a committee to find out the best available counter-drone solutions to safeguard civil aviation against possible drone attacks in India.
 The number of illegal drones in India is likely to be between 50,000 and 60,000, co-chair of a FICCI committee on drones Ankit Mehta said. He is also the co-founder and CEO of IdeaForge Technology Private Limited.
 "The OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) which manufactures those drones right now has no interest in complying with a countryspecific law. So, that is not going to change," he said in an apparent reference to Chinese drone company DJI.
 The Indian government has approached them to make themselves compliant with Indian standards but the company isn't willing to do so, Mehta said. As per the rules in India, companies have to obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN) from aviation regulator DGCA to operate drones.
 22/10/19 PTI/Economic Times
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