BSF downs nine drones along LoC in a month | Latest News India


New Delhi: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday morning shot down another intruder drone along the India-Pakistan border, the ninth such operation this month, as its personnel are “mastering” the skill of taking down drones with the help of technological solutions. , he said aware of the matter.

BSF troops fired on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which was detected around 7:45 am near Amritsar’s Pulmoran border post, within seconds. The drone was equipped with a 25 kg payload carrying and drop mechanism, according to a BSF statement.

Similar successes were achieved on Tuesday and Wednesday too, when BSF men shot down drones in Amritsar and Ferozepur areas, according to the BSF. Overall, 24 drones have been shot down by the BSF in 2022, 2021 and the previous year each, according to official records.

The border surveillance force, which has been urged by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to continue strict vigil on smuggling of arms, ammunition, drugs and explosives through drones, has recently adopted new strategies to tackle the menace.

Apart from bursts and aimed shots at sounds coming from incoming drones, routine GPS-mapped routes are being regularly monitored and patrolling of vulnerable spots has been stepped up, according to an officer who asked not to be named. Several anti-drone systems have already been installed in the border areas.

The systems are essentially anti-drone guns that work like jammers, disrupting radio frequency and GPS.

Intelligence inputs and GPS mapping of incoming drones, this officer added, revealed that most of the drones are operating from Pakistan Rangers premises or special premises used by smugglers and terrorists behind ranger posts.

“A mix of both: technology like anti-drone guns, jamming devices, etc, and UAV-directed firing by BSF jawans who are already trained for it is giving good results. But with the winter fog, we have to be vigilant,” said another officer. one, asking for identification.

Last month, BSF chief Pankaj Kumar Singh said the force had developed “low-cost” technological solutions to control infiltration, drone activity and other crimes along India’s border with Pakistan. He also said that the Center had sanctioned a fund 30 crore for surveillance cameras, anti-drone and other border monitoring gadgets.

The home ministry has allowed the BSF operational freedom to tackle the drone menace, with around 300 drones spotted near the border this year, according to the second official. 109 drones were seen in 2021, 49 in 2020 and 35 in 2019.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), its offshoot in Jammu and Kashmir — The Resistance Front (TRF) — Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Khalistani outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Pakistan Chinese drones are being used by outfits backed by the ISI spy agency. to send cargo through Amritsar, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepurm Kathua, RS Pura and Kanachak, according to an analysis by security agencies.

The BSF guards India’s 6,386-km land border — more than 2,724 km of the India-Pakistan international border and parts of the Line of Control — and its 4,096-km border with Bangladesh.

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