I-Day: With 1,000 high-resolution cameras, an anti-drone system, the Red Fort is transformed into an impregnable fortress

New Delhi, August 15 (IANS): As India celebrates the 75th Independence Day with patriotic fervor and enthusiasm, police in the nation’s capital have taken strict security measures, especially at the Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his speech to the nation.

The police have installed more than 1,000 high-resolution CCTV cameras near the Red Fort to prevent any threats.

Notably, the city is currently under heavy security cover after intelligence agencies received reports of a possible terrorist attack following Independence Day.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued five new alerts, warning of a possible terror attack in Delhi and several cities.

Law enforcement was warned that terrorists may use IEDs during the August 15 flag-hoisting ceremony at Red Fort.

Many drones could enter several cities, including Delhi from the Pakistani border via Punjab. This was learned during the interrogation of terrorists who were arrested in the recent past.

Some terrorists had even claimed that many drones had entered India via Punjab.

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

A DRDO official said the system has the ability to detect and disable multiple drones at the same time within a range of about 4 km using a jammer that has been installed nearby.

With technological changes, terrorists can attack the Red Fort through flying objects which could be in the form of kites. For this reason, it was suggested to completely ban flying objects near the Red Fort.

The Delhi Police, keeping all these threats in mind, took adequate measures on the ground to prevent such an incident.

“Kite catchers have been deployed with equipment at strategic locations that will prevent any type of kite, balloon or Chinese lantern from reaching the function area,” a senior police official from the city said. Delhi at IANS.

In addition to this, rooftop and window watchers have been deployed who will keep a vigil and notify kite catcher staff, if a kite is spotted. Two training and information cycles were organized for them.

“Announcements are being made from religious places to motivate the general public not to use any type of Chinese manjha and to avoid flying kites during program times on August 13 and 15,” the official said.

He further informed that a Beat Constable was deployed in each beat to prevent kite flying at the time of the function on August 15th.

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are flying objects that vary in size – from a few centimeters to a few meters, and payloads ranging from a few grams to a few kilograms. The trend of using small drones to perform different tasks has increased over the past few years.

At the same time, the threat caused by drones to society, public safety and privacy is also becoming higher and higher. From a security perspective, drones allow an attacker to hit any target in any location without risk to personnel, and there is an ever-expanding area of ​​use, ranging from carriers weapons to spy tools.

To mitigate and cancel the impact of drones, the Counter-Drone system is implemented which can detect, track and identify airborne drones using multiple sensors, transfer the information to associated systems and allow counter techniques to deny them the planned operation (soft kill) or destroy them (hard kill).

Drone detection is carried out using radar and radio frequency-based detection systems. Identification is done using an electro-optical sensor and COMINT.

Soft destruction is performed with RF and anti GNSS jamming technologies, and hard destruction using a laser-directed energy (DEW) weapon.

Police since the night of August 14 could be seen intensively screening all vehicles heading towards the Red Fort area.

In addition to the rigorous security arrangements, security personnel also maintained the Covid-induced protocol on the premises of Fort Rouge.

People who came to watch the ceremony were given masks and sanitizers even as seating arrangements were made so that there was a distance of at least 3 feet between two chairs.