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Working towards preventing drone attacks: Army Chief

Naravane said India is working on both offensive use of drones and counter-drone systems to prevent attacks on critical facilities, like the one in Jammu where two explosive devices were dropped on the IAF station.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 2, 2021 2:15:55 am
MM Naravane, Army Chief Gen, MM Naravane visits Line of Actual Control, india china standoff, indian express newsArmy Chief Gen MM Naravane. (File)

Days after the drone attack at an Air Force base in Jammu, Army Chief General MM Naravane Thursday said these unmanned aerial vehicles have now become DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that can be easily accessed by state and non-state actors for use in combat.

Naravane said India is working on both offensive use of drones and counter-drone systems to prevent attacks on critical facilities, like the one in Jammu where two explosive devices were dropped on the IAF station.

At a webinar organised by the Global Counter-Terrorism Council, Naravane said: “The character of warfare has been changing continuously, and the advent of drones and counter-drone systems has radically altered the way we think and how we will be having to fight in the future”. He said: “With the ease of availability, drones can be easily accessed and can be used by both state and non-state actors”.

“We will also have to factor this in as we go along and make our plans. But I would like to assure that we are fully seized of this issue, and are working towards making sure that we are not found wanting in this regard.”

Probed about the topic, the Army Chief said: “In fact you can even make (drones) at home, there is a Do it Yourself (DIY) project, definitely increases the complexity and the challenges that we have to deal with”.

An NSG team arrives Tuesday at the Jammu Air Force station, which was attacked using drones early Sunday. (PTI)

Speaking about the reaffirmation of ceasefire by the Directors General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan in February, he said that the situation in J&K has since seen a “marked improvement”, specially as far as terrorism is concerned.

Naravane said that there has been little or no infiltration from across the Line of Control, and that the number of terror-related incidents in the Valley have also seen a considerable decline.

LAC situation normal

Naravane said the situation along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh—where India and China have been locked in a military standoff since May 2020—is normal and that talks are going on.

He said that both sides “have strictly adhered in letter and spirit to the disengagement that was agreed upon”.

The last round of diplomatic-level talks were held on June 25. The next round of military-level talks are awaited. China continues to have a small amount of troops on the Indian side of the LAC at Gogra Post and Hot Springs, and is blocking Indian troops access to its five traditional points in Depsang Plains in the north, close to the strategically sensitive Daulat Beg Oldie post of India.

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