Thursday, July 01, 2021

Indian military developing capabilities to deal with drone threats: Army chief

New Delhi: Army chief General M M Naravane said on Thursday that the Indian military is developing capabilities to effectively deal with the threats posed by weaponized drones.

"We have put in place certain measures and all troops are sensitised to this evolving threat. We are developing capabilities to deal with drone threats both in kinetic and non-kinetic realm, whether by state-sponsored elements or by states themselves," the army chief said on recent drone attack at the Indian Air Force station in Jammu .

"Easy availability of drones definitely increases complexity and challenges for the security forces," he said in an address at a think-tank.

The army chief asserted that there is strong counter-terrorism and counter-infiltration grid in place in Jammu and Kashmir.

In what was the first instance of Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike vital installations, two bombs were dropped at the IAF station in the early hours of Sunday, causing minor injuries to two airmen.

The explosions took place around 1.40am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari on the outskirts of Jammu. The second one was on the ground.

The aerial distance from the Jammu airport to the international border is 14km.

01/07/21 Times of India

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