India to Deploy Indigenous Anti-Drone System to Combat Smuggling Activities Along Pakistan Border

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 India to Deploy Indigenous Anti-Drone System to Combat Smuggling Activities Along Pakistan Border

Defense News ,India :- In a strategic move to counter the escalating use of drones for smuggling arms and narcotics from Pakistan into India, an indigenous anti-drone system is set to be deployed along the country western border within the next six months. Currently undergoing trials, the system offers three versatile options for implementation, as confirmed by a senior government official. The official highlighted that the comprehensive installation of this anti-drone technology aims to thwart the persistent infiltration of arms, ammunition, and narcotics, particularly in the regions of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

The government official emphasized that the anti-drone system could employ one of the three available options or a combination of multiple technologies. The decision to implement this cutting-edge technology follows the challenges faced by security agencies dealing with the increasing use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by smugglers.

Meanwhile, addressing concerns along the eastern border, the official disclosed plans to discontinue the free movement regime (FMR) along the India-Myanmar border. The FMR, allowing visa-free travel within a 16 km distance for tribes residing on both sides of the border, is being reconsidered due to its association with illegal immigration, narcotics trafficking, and ethnic violence in Manipur. The government is contemplating making visas mandatory for Myanmar nationals entering through the land border to strengthen border security.

Highlighting the severity of the situation, the Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF), Nitin Agrawal, revealed that between November 1, 2022, and October 31, 2023, a total of 90 drones were recovered by the force. Out of these, 81 were located in Punjab, while the remaining nine were found in Rajasthan. The BSF has witnessed a surge in drone sightings, ranging from 300 to 400 in the past year.

To counteract the evolving tactics of smugglers, the BSF has enhanced its surveillance capabilities using handheld static and vehicle-mounted anti-drone systems. This heightened vigilance has resulted in difficulties for smugglers attempting to transport drug consignments from Pakistan, leading them to adapt their strategies. Reports indicate that smugglers are now resorting to smaller drones with lighter payloads, typically around 750 grams, many of which are of Chinese make due to their accessibility and affordability compared to alternatives from Turkey or Iran.

As India prepares to deploy its indigenous anti-drone system, the focus remains on fortifying border security and curbing the illicit activities fueled by the misuse of drone technology.

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