Jammu drone attack: Air Chief Marshal says strikes were aimed at targeting key military assets

Jammu: Almost a week after two drones air-dropped payloads at the Jammu Air Force Station of which one pierced through the slab and the second one exploded in the premises of the strategic installation, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Friday said that the strikes were an act of “terror” that was aimed at “targeting key military assets”.

He said that an Indian Air Force is in the process of bolstering its capabilities to deal with such challenges, news agency PT reported.

The Chief of Air Staff said the IAF has carried out a detailed analysis in terms of implications of drones and other similar capabilities falling into the hands of non-state actors, and taking a series of measures to counter them.

“What happened at Jammu was essentially a terrorist act which attempted to target our assets there. The attempt failed of course. The assets were not damaged. Two explosives were used,” the report quoted the Chief as saying during an interactive session.

The Chief of Air Staff said a detailed investigation into the attacks was underway and that all sets of measures would be on the table based on the findings of the probe.

“We have gone over the subject in terms of the implications of this kind of capabilities in the hands of non-state actors and the kind of effect the armed drone capabilities would have in future conflicts,” Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria was quoted as saying.

The report quoting the Chief further said that the IAF analyzed to a large extent the requirements in terms of planning and required systems and infrastructure to enhance its abilities to go for “soft kill” and to have a counter-drone system.

“It should be possible to react in the short notice; detect, quickly react and be able to target it and that targeting is essentially directed energy kind of targeting in terror attack kind of a situation,” the IAF Chief said.

“All these issues have been looked at and many of the projects have already been undertaken and some of the systems were already fielded,” he was quoted as saying.


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