Ground Report | New Delhi: Drone carrying 5 kg IED; In a major development, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday shot down an airborne object carrying an IED weighing 5 kg in Jammu’s Kanachak area.
Jammu district police received general information that a drone was sighted near the International Border of Kanachak after which a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) drone was launched. As part of the counter-tactical strategy deployed in the area were pressed into action.
News agency KNO quoting officials said that “The drone was spotted and shot down by police personnel,” the officer said, adding that the aerial vehicle, commonly called a drone, is a six-winged tetra-copter.
“Five kilograms of IED was attached to its five wings which is a serious security concern. The IED material has been confiscated and investigation, as well as physical and technical investigation, is on,” the official said.
Drone carrying 5 kg IED
However Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Singh said the police had received a specific input that Jaish-e-Mohammed was planning to drop a payload through a drone near Akhnoor. Singh said, “Around 1 am, the police shot down the drone when it went down to drop about 5 kg of IED material.”
He said the serial number of the flight controller used in the drone is just one digit different from the one that was shot down sometime back in Aknoor. “The IED material was packed and it was an almost ready IED which just had to be turned on by connecting some wires. Preliminary analysis suggested that it was a hexacopter with six wings fitted with a flight controller and a GPS,” the ADGP said.
“We waited for the suspect but no one came,” he said. The ADGP said that the drone shot down in Kathua is an assembled drone whose parts are manufactured from Taiwan and Hong Kong. When asked whether there is any connection between today’s recovery of the drone and the recent attack on Jammu Air Force Station, the ADGP said the threads recovered in today’s drone were the same as those used to drop the payload on the AFS.
He said the drones recovered in recent days are being used to drop payloads including AK-47 rifles and IED material. “Such drones can travel up to a distance of 20 km depending on the payload,” the ADGP said, adding that so far 16 AK-47 rifles shot down by the drone have been recovered by the Jammu Police.
With inputs from KNO