India: India's Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has developed a drone to monitor the international maritime boundary line (IMLB) between India and Sri Lanka that is being frequently violated by the fishermen and smugglers from both countries, according to an article in Business Standard. Rustom-1 is working with the Indian navy to fit the drone with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) that will identify Indian fishing vessels along the maritime boundary. The AIS on the Rustom-1 is expected to transmit an interrogator signal that reflects back from a transponder that will be fitted on every Indian fishing boat. If an Indian vessel strays into Sri Lankan waters, or an unidentified boat enters Indian waters, a digital data link between the UAV and a ground control station (GCS) on the Indian coast will alert the Indian navy and coast guard in real time.
Source: Business Standard