China sells 50 armed drones to Pakistan, begins psychological operations. It is a reminder
This month, Chinese propaganda media wrote that 50 Wing Loong II armed drones supplied by Beijing to Pakistan will be a nightmare for Indian land formations in high-altitude areas, as its military does not have the ability to respond to the fighting weaponry of the new age.
Arguing that Chinese and Turkish armed drones had played a crucial role in the Libyan, Syrian and Azerbaijani conflicts by decimating enemy defenses and conventional armor, the Chinese media continued the psychological warfare by saying that Indian ground formations simply will not be able to. stop an attack by large number of armed drones.
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While the Chinese boast about the success of Wing Loong II in the African and Asian theater is worth noting, the fact remains that armed drones perform optimally in uncontested airspaces or in aerial dominance. Whether by using drones in Afghanistan and Iraq against insurgents or terrorists, the United States achieved success as it dominated the airspace. “Be it the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir or the Royal Line of Control in Ladakh, the airspace is closely monitored by radars and hotly contested with the fighters. Armed drones will simply be shot down if they cross the lines, ”said a former air chief.
However, the supply of armed drones to the client state of Pakistan by China justifies India acquiring armed drones as well as anti-drone systems, since UAVs can be used to launch air-to-ground weapons without crossing the border. LoC or LAC. Basically, drones can fire the weapons beyond the combat envelopes of Indian weapons or surface-to-air missiles on the ground.
As of now, India does not have any drone systems armed with the time-consuming Israeli weaponry upgrade of the Heron drone and the Indian Navy acquires two Predators from the US on lease for maritime domain awareness for the identification of friends or enemies. The Closure Weapons System (CIWS), the offer of which was submitted for 61 such systems in 2018 after acceptance of the need in 2015, is still in the field test stage and the Russian S system is expected to -400 is available next year. Defense PSU BEL has created an anti-drone radar-based system, but it has not yet been validated by users.
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While the Chinese media and military would derive indirect pleasure from comparing the Indian military with Armenian, Syrian, or Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in the Africa-Asia theater, BEL-manufactured medium-power radar detects even birds in flight and it is cost effective to shoot down an infiltrated drone using L-70 or ZU-23 air defense weapons. After all, a Chinese Wing Loong II drone costs one-tenth the cost of a fighter and there is no point in shooting it down with million-dollar air-to-air missiles.
To ensure that troops are protected from weapons of engagement, the Indian Army is using tunnel defenses with huge Hume concrete pipes that provide defense in the event of a first attack on the front line. But a fluke from an enemy drone can unravel the best of defense plans without a proper integrated air defense network in place.