Even The Forests Can’t Protect You: IAF, NASA Come Together To Build First-Of-Its-Kind Aerial Surveillance System 

Even The Forests Can’t Protect You: IAF, NASA Come Together To Build First-Of-Its-Kind Aerial Surveillance System Dr Kumar Krishen, Lead Technologist for the Technology Transfer and Commercialisation office, NASA Johnson Space Centre (Website/Amity University)

Indian Air Force (IAF) has roped in one of NASA’s top scientists Dr Kumar Krishen to build an aerial surveillance system to detect suspicious movements under dense forest cover along India’s long international borders, as per reports.

“This is a unique patent application, which will help detect or identify the presence of a human below trees, dense foliage, shrubs or inside a structure, whether it is day or night. It can detect human presence from air even if there a cloud cover, dense fog or snow cover,” said Dr Krishen, explained the Indian-origin lead technologist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Rs 13 crore project will be able to process data gathered from aerial sources, thereby helping researchers warn field security forces of “unwanted” human presence in the area, their strength and location.

“For the first time, we will be having multi-sensor data fusion that will help identify an adversary. We have a mandate to change the way we fight the war. The IAF is willing to wait for a couple of years to reap the benefits. Some agencies in India tried to work on the technology, but have not succeeded,” said a source in the report.

Not Just War Games

It was recently reported that IAF would release its first official mobile game: ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above.’ The mobile game would enable players to get a first-hand experience of the role of an IAF air warrior and also can be used by players who want to apply and appear for the recruitment process in the IAF.

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