India strengthens border drone defense to stave off assaults akin to those of Hamas: Report

According to reports, the military hopes to have the system operational as early as May in some border regions.

In certain border zones, the military reportedly intends to have the system operating as early as May.

The persons, who wished to remain anonymous since the information is confidential, stated that during the course of the last week, the nation’s defense officials held meetings with six domestic drone suppliers for surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. They anticipate the announcement of an order as early as next month. According to the persons, the military hopes to get the system operational in some border regions as early as May.

The decision to constantly monitor the borders was made in response to ongoing hostilities, particularly along the Himalayan region, with Pakistan and China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has reviewed its arsenal, combat readiness, and battlefield goals as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, but the surprise Hamas strike has forced the country to swiftly put some of the recommendations into action.

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In the past, surprise assaults have taken India by surprise. 2008 saw the infiltration of Mumbai by Pakistani attackers with assault rifles and grenades. They besieged the city’s most important sites for three days, murdering 166 people in the process.

Furthermore, India has claimed that drugs and weapons are being transported across its western border by drones. According to the sources, it may take up to 18 months for the system to cover the whole border and cost up to $500 million a year.

According to them, the system will make use of so-called High-Altitude Pseudo Satellites, which are solar-powered drones that can run for extended periods of time without landing. By directly broadcasting photos to nearby command centers, the high-altitude long-endurance drones will also serve as a backup for the conventional radar network along the borders. They will operate around the clock.

A request for a response from a representative of India’s Defense Ministry was not answered.

According to the sources, both the software and the drones themselves will be produced domestically. In the midst of a $250 billion, 10-year military modernization program, the Indian military, which is largely dependent on Russia for weapon platforms, is attempting to increase domestic production.

Once the system is operational, the 14,000 miles (22,531 kilometers) that comprise India’s land borders and coastline will be continuously monitored, according to the sources. When the current round of border tensions with Beijing initially erupted in the summer of 2020, New Delhi had already acquired two drones from the US for monitoring and reconnaissance purposes.

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