Independence Day: Delhi turns into a fortress with over 1,000 hi-res cameras, anti-drone systems


As part of India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations, police in New Delhi have made stringent security arrangements, especially at the Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his address to the nation.

Delhi Police installed over 1,000 high-resolution CCTV cameras in the vicinity of the Red Fort to monitor and prevent any threat.

India’s capital is currently under heavy security cover after intelligence agencies received inputs of a possible terror attack in the wake of Independence Day.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) issued five fresh alerts, warning of a possible terror strike in Delhi and other important cities. It also warned of surveillance drones flying over several cities including Delhi from the Pakistan border through Punjab. This was learnt during questioning of terrorists who were arrested in the recent past, IB sources said.

A few terrorists had claimed that drones had entered India through Punjab.

Subsequently, to counter any threat from sub-conventional aerial platforms and manned or unmanned flying objects, including drones, the Defence Research and Development Organisation installed an anti-drone system near Red Fort.

A DRDO official said the system has the capacity to detect and deactivate multiple drones at the same time within a radius of 4 km with the help of a jammer that has been installed just next to it.

Besides this, roof tops and window watchers on windows have been deployed to keep vigil and will inform the kite catchers staff, if any kite is noticed. “Announcements are being made from religious places for motivating the general public not to use any kind of Chinese manjha (sharp kite string) and avoid kite flying during programme timings on August 13 and 15,” a Delhi Police officer said.

To mitigate and negate the impact of drones, the counter-drone system can detect, track and identify them using multiple sensors, transfer the information to associated systems and enable counter techniques to deny them the intended operation (soft kill) or destroy them (hard kill).

The detection of drones is conducted with the help of radars and radio frequency based detection systems. The identification is done with the help of Electro Optic sensor and COMINT. The soft kill is carried out with RF jamming and Anti GNSS technologies, and Hard kill with the help of Laser Directed Energy Weapon (DEW).