BSF Drone Tear Smoke Launcher

Recently, the Tear Smoke Unit of the Border Security Force (BSF) has developed an indigenous drone Tear Smoke Launcher. This launcher will be used to control the crowd and to release tear gas shells during riots and unrest.


  • It can be used to launch shells from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones and will be a potential force multiplier for security forces operating in the law and order management sector.”
  • In this, tear gas shells can be fired within a radius of 250-300 meters through drones. A drone can be loaded with 2 to 6 tear gas shells and dropped on the target area.
  • Most security certifications have also been obtained for the use of this technology. This drone technology will soon be handed over to all police departments and armed police forces.

Tear Smoke Unit (TSU)

The tear gas unit at the Border Security Force (BSF) Academy was set up in 1976. Earlier, tear gas shells were imported into the country from abroad. In 46 years, this unit has made India self-reliant in this sector by increasing the capacity of manufacturing tear gas material in the country by 12 times.

About Border Security Force (BSF)

It is one of 7 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) of India. It was raised in wake of 1965 War on 1 December 1965.

It is country’s largest border guarding force with a present strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel. Being a primary border defence organisation of India, it is tasked to secure two of India’s most important and sensitive fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.




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