drones to target the Jammu Air Force Station, Vice President
M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday urged the research community in
the country to develop "much more intelligent methods" to
combat such issues.
He also asked the Indian Institutes of Technology
(IITs) to focus on the areas of "eliminating terrorism."
Such low-flying drones could not be detected by the
militay radars and therefore there was a need for new
methods, he said in his address after visiting the site of
the first 3D Printed House in India at IIT Madras here.
Two drones had dropped explosive material on the IAF
station located at Jammu airport on Sunday injuring two
personnel. A cocktail of explosive material, including RDX,
is believed to have been used.
The case was handed over to the National Investigation
Agency (NIA) on Tuesday.
Terrorism was the enemy of mankind, the entire
humanity and terrorists "are making us restive and they are
affecting the growth of the country," Naidu said.
"The armed forces, of course, they have wide area of
air defence systems with advanced radars and missiles to
detect and thwart aerial intrusions by large drones, UAVS
(unmanned aerial vehicles), aircrafts and helicopters."
"But the small drones flying at low heights, with low
radar cross-section cannot be detected by such military
radars. This is what happened now in (Jammu and) Kashmir. So
we have to focus on that," he said.
The enemy wants to "cripple our nation, subvert our
"So the research community must come forward and we
must really come out with much more intelligent methods to
combat these enemy''s efforts," Naidu said.
Naidu commended the efforts of the team behind the
project of the country''s first 3D Printed House- a joint
collaboration of IIT Madras and Tvasta Manufacturing
Solutions, a startup.
Observing that cutting edge technologies provide a
glimpse into the future, the V-P stressed the importance of
scaling them up so that they are accessible to the common
"Technologies should not be limited to being only
proof of concept. It can greatly alleviate human suffering
and make a common man''s life comfortable. That is the
ultimate purpose of any research", he added. PTI SA