Post Balakot strike, Punjab witnessed heavy drone activity by Pakistan with the flying machines, in many instances, breaching the Indo-Pak international border in bid to ferret out Indian Army deployments.
The Indian Express has learnt that the heavy drone activity was noticed from Pathankot to Fazilka districts. Sources in the Army say the Pakistani drones carried out recce mostly at night. “Our troops could hear the noise of the drones and the light on them was also visible. However, it was not possible to shoot them down with small arms during the night,” an officer said.
In certain areas, where air defence guns were available, attempt was made to acquire these drones as targets but the low radar profile of these flying machines made it difficult to lock the air defence guns on to them. “The drone activity by Pakistan along the International Border is a recognised fact and this aspect is known to intelligence wing as well as security agencies guarding the area,” a source said.
This revelation comes in the backdrop of the claims made by the Punjab Police that drones have been used to smuggle in weapons from Pakistan. According to police, GPS-fitted drones capable of lifting up to 10 kg flew in from Pakistan seven to eight times in September to airdrop a cache of arms, ammunition and fake currency. Five AK-47 rifles, 16 magazines and 472 rounds of ammunition, four Chinese-made .30 bore pistols, along with…