Weaponized Drones to be Used in India to Control Crowds

Crowd dispersal can often turn out to be tricky business for authorities. While spraying water at enormous pressures or firing rubber bullets, crowd dispersal teams end up piling many casualties at times. Lucknow police seems to have employed yet another ‘tool of the trade’ for this particular purpose in crowd control drones.

The idea of drones taking charge is naturally scary given its widespread use in warzones of late. This batch is far less terrorizing since it is loaded with nothing but pepper. That’s right; the drone is designed in such a way that it sprays pepper at the crowd in order to disperse them. That’s not all; it is capable of taking pictures as well as capturing footage to catch suspects on tape.

Use of drones for crowd dispersal could set a dangerous precedent for protesters in oppressive countries around the world

The Senior Superintendent of Lucknow Police confirmed that the Police department bought a total of five drone cameras that can lift as much as two kilograms of weight. These drones have previously been employed in Uttar Pradesh for the primary purpose of scoping out troubled regions in the northern state but this marks the first instance of its use in crowd control.

Interestingly, these drones were first tested out in various large festivals in India before the Police department decided to purchase them. The other alternative was to hire them, of course, but the Police department was more than impressed with the kind of effectiveness showcased by this batch of pepper-spraying drones.

Skunk Riot Control Copter can shoot pepper spray balls as well as plastic balls at a pace of 80 each second

A drone manufacturer in South Africa, Desert Wolf, took the wraps off Skunk Riot Control Copter – a drone that introduced this very design – at the IFSEC security exhibition. It comes equipped with four paintball guns that can shoot pepper spray balls as well as plastic balls at a pace of 80 each second. The idea was to prevent another accident like Marikana which led to the demise of 44 people following a police strike on a platinum mine based in South Africa.


  • Hennie

    Desert Wolf South Africa have NOT sold any of our units to India as yet. Our systems is much larger than what is in these latest reports, lifting more than 20 KG and we only sell to customers who wants at least 50 units – serious and professional users. We will be at the LAAD military exhibition in Rio de Janeiro from 14 April to 17 April on the South African pavilion.

  • Ahmad Khan Sabri

    A very good idea. In future it is necessity of police for peace keeping.

  • Hasnu

    Comes into my mind.. iRobot the film visions the future ;)

  • Yes Ahmad If we can save lives, both for the protesters and the Police who wants to go home to their families after a had days work controlling protesters then it is worth doing!

  • Jeff

    live footage on TV woman being R in India