Days after the drone attack at an Air Force base in Jammu, Army Chief General MM Naravane Thursday said these unmanned aerial vehicles have now become DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that can be easily accessed by state and non-state actors for use in combat.
Naravane said India is working on both offensive use of drones and counter-drone systems to prevent attacks on critical facilities, like the one in Jammu where two explosive devices were dropped on the IAF station.
At a webinar organised by the Global Counter-Terrorism Council, Naravane said: “The character of warfare has been changing continuously, and the advent of drones and counter-drone systems has radically altered the way we think and how we will be having to fight in the future”. He said: “With the ease of availability, drones can be easily accessed and can be used by both state and non-state actors”.
“We will also have to factor this in as we go along and make our plans. But I would like to assure that we are fully seized of this issue, and are working towards making sure that we are not found wanting in this regard.”
Probed about the topic, the Army Chief said: “In fact you can even make (drones) at home, there is a Do it Yourself (DIY) project, definitely increases the complexity and the challenges that we have to deal with”.