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Jammu Air Force Station On High Alert As Yet Another Drone Spotted Hovering Nearby


Jammu , July 14  Only days after an explosive-laden drone was used to attack the Jammu Air Force Station (AIF), another was spotted in the same area. The military personnel spotted an unidentified aerial vehicle in the same defence installation on Wednesday night, July 14. Over the last few weeks, drone activities were reported at an increased rate in a few other parts of the union territory.


Following the spotting, of what is suspected to be a drone used by attackers, alert forces were able to stop it using anti-drone equipment which detected the UAV and eliminated it. The Air Force Station had earlier sustained minor damages in such an attack last month. The ‘terror attack’ done using a drone is currently being probed by the National Investigative Agency.


The drone was able to be spotted and eliminated this time using the anti-radar technology installed by the station. The drone was spotted at a height of around 3 kilometres, and flew at a speed of 9 metres/second, according to the security forces. Forces were able to jam the drone by activating the ‘killer drone’ system, following which the drone dropped to the ground. The security agencies are now holding search parties to find if the UAV was carrying a payload.

In a parallel incident, the troops open fire at a UAV, suspected to be a surveillance drone on the intervening night of July 13-14. The UAV was spotted near Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia Sector at around 10 in the night. The drone was fired at by the Border Security Force (BSF) forcing the user to recall it.


The BSF in a statement said, “On the intervening night of July 13 and 14, a blinking red light was observed by own troops in Arnia sector at about 0952 pm at ht of 200 meters on own side. Alert troops fired from their position towards red blinking light, due to which it returned back. Area being searched. Nothing found so far.”


Ban on drones in the valley following Jammu blast

Following the recent security threats caused by drone attacks, the Srinagar district authorities had banned the storage, possession, use and transport of drones and similar kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles in the jurisdiction of the district. The directions came only days after an increase in drone activities in the region. Apart from Srinagar, the ban has been imposed on the districts of Kupwara, Rajouri, Baramulla and Kathua.

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