Indian Navy Develops Anti-Swarm Drone To Safeguard From Enemy Attacks

The Indian Navy (IN) has developed an indigenous navigation system and an anti-swarm drone, capable of building walls around its own warships or assets to protect them from any attack by enemy drones.

Speaking to ANI on the anti-swarm drone ammunition, Commander Indian Navy, MN Pasha said, “The speciality of this ammunition is it has 300 steel balls, on detonation, it will spread and create a wall of balls and it will destroy the drones. It is highly effective and completed lab trials.”

The 30mm ammo is used by the AK-630 close-in weapon system.

The ammunition has been developed in partnership with a defence research lab in Pune.

As drones become more accessible and sophisticated, it is imperative to develop robust systems that can effectively counter their malicious use.

The anti-swarm drone ammunition serves as an essential tool in bolstering national security.

In anti-swarm drone ammunition, a single shell will burst and disperse 300 steel balls and multiple shells will be fired.

Further, a wall of steel will be created in the air that will protect the assets from any aerial or drone attack.

The ammunition will be fired from an AK 630 gun mounted on a ship.

The Navy is working on a proximity fuse that makes it more lethal as with this technology it bursts near the drone.

Noteworthy, the Indian Navy is progressing with the development of niche technologies through its ‘Swavlamban’ initiative.

The programme, launched last year, involves collaborating with start-ups and MSMEs to develop technologies such as autonomous weaponized swarms, underwater swarm drones, fire-fighting robots, and more.

The indigenous indigenous navigation and combat information and control system that has been deployed for the Indian naval submarines is in use.

Further, it helps the IN to gather data from multiple sensors and weapon systems and merge it together.

These two systems actually represent the indigenization in its true sense as well as the total comprehensive integration for the Indian naval ships and submarines, added the Naval officer.

To be noted, the Dronaam counter-drone system was displayed at the Indian Navy’s Swavalamban 2023 exhibition in the national capital.

The Indian Air Force placed orders for 100 of these systems which jam the communication of the drones with their ground station.

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