New Delhi: The Indian intelligence agencies, upon interrogating the several terrorists and carrying out investigations on possible use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) for terrorist attacks, the government has finalized a robust policy for flying such objects.
The recent attack at Jewani in Balochistan province of Pakistan on August 30, in which gunmen stormed the small unused airport in early hours, also sent alarm bells ringing as there are 325 such less used or unused airstrips in India, which can be used for launching gliders etc.
The interrogation of LeT terrorists including yed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Indian Mujahideen’s Syed Ismael Afaque Lanka and Khalistani militant leader Jagtar Singh Tara. Jundal, co-conspirator of 26/11 Mumbai strikes, had revealed that LeT provides aerial training to select cadres.
Also the ISI is training the the LeT cadres in parachute jumping and it was also learnt that the LeT is trying to procure equipments for paragliding from companies in the UAE and China. In December 2014, intelligence inputs had indicated that LeT had paragliders ready to operate at two weeks’ notice.