The Press Trust of India and UASWeekly report that Indian drone and electronic manufacturer Sree Sai Aerotech Innovations Pvt Ltd., operating under the brand name of Zuppa, has developed what is claimed to be India’s first counter- UAS product: the Zuppa NPNT Compliant RFM ‘Zuppa D’Track‘. The system incorporates full “No Permission, No Take-off” (NPNT) functionality, as specified under the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) CAR3 Drone 1.0 regulations and the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s ‘Drone Ecosystem Road Map Drone 2.0’ announced recently.
“The Zuppa D’Track RFM will enable monitoring and keeping a check on drone flights as it is equipped to send alerts in case of violations of route and altitude, tampering and crashing or intrution of geo-fence no-fly zones by drones,” say news reports. “The device will, thus, also enable on-boarding of the 5 lakh unregistered drones in India as it will help the operators to comply with the NPNT requirements, which mandate all drone manufacturers to implement firmware and hardware changes that only allow flights authorized by DGCA to physically take-off.”
According to Mr. Sai Pattabiram, Founder and Managing Director, Sree Sai Aerotech Innovations Pvt Ltd: “Incidents of drone violations in sensitive areas such as airports, army installations etc. are continuously on the rise. Airspace regulators in India and across the world are facing the daunting task of regulating the millions of drones which have the potential to intrude the civilian airspace and cause serious damage. This is what is fuelling the demand for both passive and aggressive counter drone products and the ‘Zuppa D Track RFM ‘ is a ‘Make in India‘ Global First product the company is pursuing following the recent launch of India’s Drone Regulations and Roadmap.”
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