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India alleges Pakistan could attack through giant drones

Indian media reported that in the past couple of months, the Intelligence Bureau has raised concerns about Pakistan using bigger drones to smuggle in arms and ammunition. Agencies are now looking at some specific anti-drone techniques.

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According to Indian media, Pakistan can use bigger drones to launch an attack on India. The media outlet made the claims while referring to Indian intelligence agencies.

Frequent drone sightings in India increased the possibility of a new threat. Indian media reported that in the year 2021 alone, there were as many as 68 drone sightings in India.

As a result, Indian Intelligence Bureau conducted investigations that revealed that the drones are coming from Pakistan. Furthermore, the investigations also revealed that China made the drones and provided them to Pakistan.

“In the past couple of months, the Intelligence Bureau has raised concerns about Pakistan using bigger drones to smuggle in arms and ammunition,” Indian media reported.

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To counter the threat of drones, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) designated Bharat Electronics as the lead agency for the production and development of an anti-drone system. To clarify, Bharat Electronics is an Indian Government-owned aerospace and defence electronics company.

As per reports, agencies are now looking at some specific anti-drone techniques like sky fence, drone gun, ATHENA, drone catcher and Skywall 100 to intercept and immobilise suspicious and lethal remote-controlled aerial platforms. India’s concern for drones launching an attack increased after the recent drone attack in Abu Dhabi.

Drone attack in Abu Dhabi

A drone attack claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting a key oil facility in Abu Dhabi killed three people on 17th January 2022. The strikes hit fuel trucks near the airport in Abu Dhabi, causing multiple explosions. Emirati police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani.

While Houthis frequently conduct cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia, the Abu Dhabi attack was the first deadly attack in the UAE in many years. Above all, the drone attacks demonstrated the Houthis’ ability to launch long-range attacks.

In response, the UAE and Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sana’a with airstrikes. The airstrikes killed at least 12 people.

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