Tirumala shrine mulls to beef up security using drones

Tirumala shrine mulls to beef up security using drones


An updated version of NETRA UAV that is NETRAv2 UAV might be used at Tirumala for securityIndia: To increase surveillance on the hills of Tirumala, which is considered to be on the radar of several terror organisations, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) security wing has been mulling to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle for homeland security and disaster management operations, reports The New Indian Express. The report claims that TTD might purchase the UAV from DRDO authorised ‘idea Forge’.

The representatives of idea Forge have already held two demonstrations of a NETRAv2 UAV with a four kilometre Line-of-Sight (LOS) range on Tirumala. During the demo, the vehicle was sent to record the aerial view of Srivari Mettu. It travelled up to 400 metre high and recorded four kilometres under its range. Later, the vehicle was flown from the Balaji Nagar area.

The company officials said the gadget would send real time aerial videos to its command control centre. It can take-off within minutes, can take its flight from a limited space and can even return on its own. The 90cm x 90cm vehicle weighs up to three kilograms and its flight endurance stands at about 40 minutes at MSL. It can also capture and send images through its day-light camera and Thermal Camera (for night vision).

Source: The New Indian Express