Jammu air base attack assessment: Damage to roof suggests aerial attack, helicopters possible targets


a group of people standing in front of a building: As per the initial assessment of the Jammu air base blasts on Sunday, a hole in the roof suggests an aerial attack using drones was planned possibly to target helicopters. (Photo: File)

As per the initial assessment of the Jammu air base blasts on Sunday, a hole in the roof suggests an aerial attack using drones was planned possibly to target helicopters. (Photo: File)

A big hole in the roof of a building inside the Jammu Air Force Station where two blasts took place on Sunday indicates that an aerial attack using drones was part of a plot to target helicopters, an initial assessment report said.

On the intervening night of June 26-27, two explosions in the span of five minutes rocked the high security technical area of Jammu Air Force Station. Two personnel sustained minor injuries but are out of danger.

The security establishment has done an initial assessment of the blasts and suspects that it was a drone attack on the basis of the sequence of events and initial evidence. However, the air force has not commented on this yet.

HELICOPTERS TARGETED

The blasts took place in the technical area near the hangars suggesting that the helicopters there were the targets. The two explosions took place at 1.40 and 1.46 am near the helicopter dispersal area. While one explosive hit the top of a single-storey building, the second explosive hit the ground area behind the building, as per the initial assessment report.

“A crater was formed over the single-storey building. Thus, it was concluded that the blast occurred due to an aerial/drone attack and the likely target was a helicopter parked at the dispersal parking,” the assessment report stated.

There has been no damage to any equipment, the air force said.

SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

Sources suggest that while the damage caused by this attack was minimal, the suspected use of drones to airdrop bombs has serious security implications in a highly sensitive area like an air force station.

Western Air Commander Air Marshal VR Chaudhari will visit Jammu Air Force Station for a firsthand assessment soon. His deputy and the second-in-command at the Delhi-based command Air Marshal Vikram Singh will also be reviewing the situation in Jammu.

While the Indian Air Force is making internal assessments, a team from the National Investigation Agency has also reached the Jammu Air Force station.

Over the last two years, drones used to airdrop weapons have been intercepted near areas bordering Pakistan.

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