Pakistan is using drones for surveillance and smuggling arms, explosives and narcotics across the border, BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana said. The Border Security Force (BSF) chief also said that the neighbouring nation is using drones from China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Italy.
He said, there have been instances of dropping of arms, ammunition, explosives and narcotics through the drones in Punjab and Jammu sectors.
“As per intelligence reports, the Pak Army is looking for mini UAVs which can stay for several hours in the air to monitor the borders with a preferable range of 150 kms,” he added.
“In 2019, there were 167 recorded sightings of drones on the Western front with Pakistan. In 2020, there were 77 sightings of drones on this front,” he said at a seminar organised by industry body FICCI at Aero India 2021 exhibition.