Parts from local stores, remote from Hong Kong; Know how Pakistani terrorist organizations are making drones to attack in India
Drone activities have increased in recent years along the India-Pakistan border. Most of these drones are being used by Pakistani terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM). On Sunday, the Air Force Station in Jammu was attacked through two drones. In the initial test its connection is connected to LET. One such drone was shot down by security forces in Jammu’s Hiranagar sector in June last year.
The drone which was targeted by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel went down in an open field. Its forensic investigation was done by the Delhi-based Drone Federation of India (DFI). Investigations said it was a locally assembled hexacopter. The parts used in this are easily available in the shops.
The controller of the 24-kg drone was CubeBlack, which is manufactured in Hong Kong. It was also said that the drone had no predetermined mission set, but was controlled manually through a ground control system. It was told that the drone operator had disabled all the data extraction modes.
The DFI further said that it had flown from about 10 km away from the site operation. It remained in the air for about 35 minutes and was capable of a maximum travel of 30 kilometres. The experts at DFI didn’t find any external hacking or custom firmware in it. Based on the labels on the parts, it was found that the drones are being manufactured in batches.
Top security officials said that at least 14 drone flights have been carried out by Pakistani terror groups. An attempt was also made to target an army base with a drone late on Sunday night, which was foiled by the security personnel. The security personnel posted at Ratnuchak-Kaluchak station opened fire on two UAVs which fled.
The first drone appeared at around 11:45 pm and the second at around 2:40 pm. A search operation is underway and the military base has been cordoned off. The military base at Kaluchak has been on high alert since the 2002 terror attack. 31 people, including 10 children, were killed in that attack. 48 people were injured, including 13 soldiers, 20 kin of soldiers and 15 civilians.