Easy availability of drones a challenge, says Army chief Naravane on Jammu air base attack


a person posing for the camera: Army chief General MM Naravane

Army chief General MM Naravane

Following the recent drone attack at the Jammu air base, Army chief General MM Naravane has told India Today TV that drones will increasingly be used both by state and non-state actors.

“Army is factoring in both offensive and defensive use of drones and counter drone systems,” General MM Naravane has told India Today TV while also adding that there will be an increased focus on both kinetic and non-kinetic means.

“Easy availability of drones has definitely increased the complexity and challenges,” said General Naravane on the drone attack at Jammu Air Force station.

In what was the first instance of Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike vital installations, two bombs were dropped at the IAF station in Jammu in the early hours of Sunday.

The explosions took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari area on the outskirts of the city. The second one was on the ground.

The Army chief further added, “We have a strong counter-terrorism and counter-infiltration grid in Jammu and Kashmir and our operation to ensure peace and tranquility will continue.”

“There will always be elements who will try to sabotage the process of peace and development and we have to cater for that,” Gen Naravane said.

He also added that there has been no infiltration recently and the number of terrorists in Kashmir has also gone down.

The Army chief further added, “The peace holding at the Line of Control (LoC) will be decided upon after DGMO talks. Infiltration is down in Jammu and Kashmir and so are terror activities. Though some attacks have been reported.”

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