Indian Navy signs contract with BEL for supply of Naval Anti-drone system

Indian Navy signs contract with BEL for supply of Naval Anti-drone system

The Indian Navy inked a contract with Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Limited (BEL) on August 31, 2021, for the supply of the country's first indigenous, comprehensive Naval Anti Drone System (NADS) with hard-kill and soft-kill capabilities.

The Indian Navy and BEL signed the deal today in the presence of top naval officers and DRDO executives in New Delhi. The Indian Navy has consistently supported and led the collaborative development of the anti-drone technology by the DRDO and BEL.

NADS is the first indigenously built anti-drone system to be inducted into the Indian Armed Forces. It was developed by DRDO and manufactured by BEL. Numerous BEL units in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, and Machilipatanam, as well as DRDO labs in Bangalore, LRDE-Bangalore, DLRL and CHESS in Hyderabad, and IRDE-Dehradun, were involved in close collaboration with the Indian Navy. The Naval Anti Drone System is capable of instantaneously detecting and jamming micro drones and terminating targets via a laser-based kill mechanism. The NADS will provide a comprehensive, all-encompassing response to the growing threat posed by drones to important naval stations.

The NADS was initially deployed to offer security cover for this year's Republic Day Parade and then for the Hon'ble Prime Minister's Independence Day address at Red Fort. The 360-degree coverage equipment was also used in Ahmedabad during the Modi-Trump tour.

The Naval Anti-Drone System detects and jams micro drones with the assistance of radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, and radio frequency (RF) detectors. The DRDO's RF/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) recognises the controller's frequency and jams the signals. The DRDO's anti-drone technology system provides the Indian Armed Forces with both'soft kill' and 'hard kill' options for countering rapidly evolving aerial threats.

Both static and mobile variants of NADS will be delivered to the Indian Navy shortly after the contract is signed.