UAV in the new age warfare
Increased requirement of surveillance along the India-China and India-Pakistan borders besides huge coast line of 7000 kms and two major island territories on both the coasts has necessitated the acquisition of unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles for all the units of the Indian armed forces.
Keeping a round the clock vigilance on the rising incidents of incursions and infiltrations through the borders of the neighboring countries requires 24x7 surveillance, which is not possible manually considering the human limitations and varied tough terrains from the hilly jungles in the north east to cold desert mountains from Ladakh to Kashmir and hot deserts of Rajasthan. It is physically impossible for the military to be posted on every kilometer stretch of the international borders and line of Actual control; hence the technical means are required to be employed for regular monitoring.
The absence of UAVs during the Kargil conflict of 1999 was felt very much. The Pakistani intruders would have been easily spotted on the Kargil heights over 1500 kms long Line of Cont
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