First strike with Drones, Dropped explosives on the IAF airport in Jammu

The Indian Air Force lives by the motto “Touch the Sky with Glory.” It employs around 170,000 people and ranks fourth among the world’s air forces in terms of personnel and aircraft assets. The IAF, also known as the ‘Bharatiya Vayu Sena,’ was founded by the British Empire on October 8, 1932.

The Indian Air Force is a more powerful, sophisticated and developed force than Pakistan Air Force (PAF). PAF has about 65 thousand troops and roughly half as many combat aircraft as India.

But despite, the Defence of India bragging about its security and A-Level Weapons, on Sunday, witnessed two low-intensity explosions in the area of Jammu Air Force Station. One detonated in an open area, while the other caused minor damage to a building’s roof.

No equipment was harmed in the process. Along with civil agencies, an investigation is now underway.

While Pakistan has utilised drones to provide guns and ammunition to extremist networks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, this is the first time the technique has been used to launch an assault.

Few Questions that come to my mind:

  • How is the force so unprepared that two drones can fly over the station and drop explosives, and they rejoice over no major damage? 
  • Our aviation assets will be in danger on the ground tomorrow. How can a force be so unprepared when it has a DRDO-developed electronic softkill and laser system in place?
  • What is the IAF doing when Pakistan uses drones to deliver weapons for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir? Drones are too powerful for even the fiercest air force.

Comments on the situation:

  • It’s time for a thorough investigation, such as the one conducted following the Pathankot tragedy.
  • Installing mobile drone jammers on all key critical facilities and using automated Iron dome technology to fire down drones should be our top priorities.
  • The security level test was unsuccessful. The testers were successful. It’s time for security services to anticipate and plan for the unexpected.
  • Drones did not infiltrate the IAF station, and our monitoring did not identify any Chinese or Pakistani drones. If we don’t improve our surveillance equipment, we may lose Rafael to drones. Surveillance drones are readily accessible on the market. Please, before piloting planes, learn to utilise drones.
  • I recall hearing Indian forces blow up enemy fighter aircraft on the triumph day in 1971… but after 2014, I only heard about our soldiers being caught off guard (From Pathankot to Pulwama). It’s startling!
  • It’s a significant intelligence and surveillance system compromise. Responsibility must be assigned and reciprocated, and action is required.

Drone strikes and related technology will always put Defence Installations in danger. For identification and neutralisation, effective surveillance of land, air, and the sea are required. The attack seems like a statement or warning and we have to be vigilant as the next attack might be on its way. 

Government working on Anti-Drone Technology:

Anti-drone equipment is still being acquired in considerable quantities by the forces. The Navy has placed an order for an Israeli anti-drone device known as “Smash 2000 Plus.”

Smart Shooter, an Israeli business, is also in negotiations with the two services.

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