India shoots down another Pakistani UAV

With the country’s air defence network maintaining a high alert, Indian forces fired at yet another Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) after it came across the international border in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan on Friday evening.

Officials said the drone was near the Satrana and Jagdev border outposts in the area when it was detected by radars, which led to the “anti-aircraft guns opening up to prevent its ingress” further into Indian territory.

There have been over a dozen such incidents, with at least four Pakistani drones being shot down, amidst the heightened tensions along the borders since the air strikes on the major Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26.

Barely three hours after the pre-dawn air strikes on Balakot, a Pakistani UAV had been shot down along the Kutch border at about 6:30am. The IAF had even scrambled Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets from the Suratgrah and Nal airbases to shoot down a drone in the Anupgarh-Bikaner sector area on March 4. Both militaries continue to maintain a high level of operational readiness, which has also included some re-deployment of mechanised forces along the international border in Rajasthan.

SOURCE : TNN

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