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Anti-drone technology developed, transferred to industries: DRDO chief

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Lays foundation stone of Kalam Centre for Science and Technology

Jammu: DRDO has developed counter-drone technology and transferred it to industries, which have taken orders from the armed forces and security forces of the country, a senior official of the organisation said on Thursday.

“DRDO has developed anti-drone technology. It has all the necessary elements required to counter drones, whether it is detection, tracking or surveillance and even a process called software and hardware,” Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief G Satheesh Reddy said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the DRDO-sponsored Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) at the Central University of Jammu in Samba.

Reddy said the technology has been transferred to multiple industries, which have taken orders from the armed forces and security forces of the country.

“They are providing it to them. They will be delivering it to them (security and armed forces) to tackle the drones that are coming in (from across the border),” he added.

Reddy said the capability of the anti-drone system has been demonstrated multiple times, adding, “It was deployed on the Independence Day and the Republic Day also.”

Earlier, Defence R&D Secretary and DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy laid the foundation stone for construction of the Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) in the campus of Central University of Jammu.

He said that KCST will emerge as a focused research and prominent work centre in the country.

During the foundation stone-laying ceremony, Reddy was flanked by CUJ Vice-Chancellor Ashok Aima and Director General (TM) Hari Babu Srivastava, Director General (MED & CoS) Sudhir Kamath, Advisor Cyber (GoI) Amit Sharma and others.

Reddy emphasised the importance of two verticals in KCST — computational system security and sensors — in the present scenario.

He also said that the protection of cyber-physical system and data security during routing is of utmost importance and emphasized the need for skill development in computational security.

The CUJ VC thanked the DRDO chairman for this venture which would open up a new chapter in the university.

The governing council unanimously sanctioned three research projects of Rs 30 crore under the computational system security vertical.

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