Ten spy drones that can fly at 6,000 metres with a half-kg payload and are equipped with an advanced satellite navigation system were seized from a passenger at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, last week. Experts warn that the high-end DJI Phantom-4 PRO drones can pose a serious security threat, and authorities have commenced a probe into the matter, conducting searches in Bengaluru and Chennai following the seizure.Unlike most drones available in India, the China-made DJI Phantom-4 PRO is an intelligent vehicle that can act by itself upon finding obstacles and also comes equipped with an intelligent battery system, besides having an advanced satellite navigation system compatible with GPS and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).“Such a machine certainly poses threats. The lock-and-track feature is especially dangerous when we speak of VIP movement. The height the drone can achieve is another concern. The machine is small and at its maximum height it won’t even be visible unless we look for it specifically,” K Ramachandra of the National Mission for Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) said.The seizure comes even as sensitive Indian Air Force establishments in Bengaluru and other parts of South India have been actively pursuing leads on threats from flying objects – drones and gliders – following an alert from the IAF Southern Command.
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