May 2001 News

Pak using Chinese-UAVs for mapping J&K infiltration Routes

20 May 2001
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: PAKISTAN HAS been frequently using unmanned arial vehicles (UAVs) of Chinese origin for mapping infiltration routes and the Inian security set-up along the international border(IB) in Jammu sector for the past six months, according to top defence sources here. During the last six months over 35 Pakistani UAVs have been observed in different areas along the IB in Jammu sector mapping Indian defence locations and infiltration routes, sources here said. Those UAVs which have been seen along IB include ASN-105 Alfa and ASN-206, which Pakistan had procurred from China, the sources said. ASN-105 Alfa, which can take pictures from a height of about 3000 meters, has been used by the army for last several years, the sources said, adding that now, new more sophisticated UAVs like 206 having a capacity of taking pictures from a height of 5000 to 6000 meters been inducted in the Pak survelliance setup. The sources said that there has been a thrust on IB during the last six months to infiltrate more and more mercenaries in order to spread the arch of militancy to Hindu dominated Jammu and Kathua districts. The UAVs have been used by Pakistan to discover new infiltration routes including dried river beds, bushy terrains and crop fields, belts or places traditionally used by agencies across the border to push in armed mercenaries into Jammu areas. However, alert security personnel assisted by border dewellers have been able to eliminate 41 heavily armed militants in 23 unsuccessful attempts to enter into Jammu and Kathua districts, sources said.


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