Anti-drone systems installed at Red Fort on Independence Day

Anti-drone systems were installed in the wake of the recent terrorist attack at IAF station in Jammu airport where vital installations were struck using drones. 

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Security was tightened around Red Fort during the Independence Day celebration. The multi-layered security cover including anti-drone systems was put in place. Anti-drone systems were installed in the wake of the recent terrorist attack at IAF station in Jammu airport where vital installations were struck using drones. 

The security cover also included elite SWAT commanders, NSG snipers kite catchers, canine units, and sharpshooters on high-rise buildings were placed around the Red Fort. 

PCR vans, ‘PRAKHAR’ vans, and QRT (Quick Reaction Team) vans were stationed in the area. Continuous police patrolling was done by police personnel on motorcycles. 350 cameras were installed and the footage was monitored by policemen through two police control rooms. 

A huge wall of shipment containers was erected around the fort, such that no one would be able to see inside the Red Fort when the prime minister delivered the independence day speech.  The wall was erected in the view of Republic Day celebrations on January 26, when many protestors drove tractors to the Red Fort and hoisted a religious flag. 

Adherence to social distancing norms was a must during the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 5000 police personnel were stationed at Red Fort during the Independence Day ceremony.