CDS Rawat on India's retaliation to the drone attacks.

The Indian Army has been on high alert since the attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Jammu last Sunday. In the early hours of June 27. Two drones dropped an IED, each packed with high grade-explosives.

Figure- Chief of defense staff General Bipin Rawat. Source- The Indian Express

India has also displayed a vehement protest with Pakistan foreign office after they spotted a drone hovering over the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. This claim however was outrightly dismissed by the spokesperson of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri as “preposterous’’.

In response to these increasing precedents of `hybrid warfare’, CDS Rawat took to a webinar and addressed the question of IAF's preparation for dealing with such new kinds of threats and registered an open warning to Pakistan.

He added that the investigative agencies are inquiring whether the small explosive-laden drones used on June 27 were launched from Pakistan or from within the region and if the goal was to deliver a message of threat, display use of new tech, or whether it was to actually cause damage.

Rawat reassured that if any future incident shows a threat to India's assets or national security, the Indian Army is ready to act and it holds the right to

"to respond at a time and place of our choosing and the manner in which we wish to respond"

Keeping in mind that these drones over Jammu Air Force station and the Indian High Commission’s premises were the first unmanned aerial vehicles being used against Government assets, he also sheds some light on the precautions being taken by the IAF.

Gen Rawat said the armed forces will have to keep on adapting, work on anti-drone systems, and be prepared for the next potential attack which could also use rockets.


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