The Hush Post| 10:00 pm| 1-min-read
A Pakistani surveillance drone was shot down by a Sukhoi-30 of the Indian Air Force at Bikaner in Rajasthan on Monday. This is the second drone to be downed by the IAF in a week.
The Sukhoi-30 used an air-to-air missile after the intruding drone was detected by Indian ground-based radars.
The incident happened at around 11:30 am on Monday, a media report quoted government sources.
A few days ago, a similar drone had been shot down in the Kutch region of Gujarat by India’s Israeli-designed SPYDER surface-to-air missile system.
Drones are commonly used at border areas by the armed forces of both India and Pakistan to spy on each other. They are lightweight, easy to operate and relatively inexpensive.
The Air Force’s latest action comes amid simmering tension between India and Pakistan after a terror attack in Pulwama. India had responded with an air strike on Jem terror camps inside Pakistan.
A MiG-21 Bison of the IAF piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had downed a much advanced Pakistani F-16 fighter jet. He was captured by Pakistani forces and released nearly 60 hours later via the Attari-Wagah border.