Sukhoi-30 shoots at Pakistan drone over Rajasthan, foils air-intrusion bid

Updated on Mar 04, 2019 11:36 PM IST

Monday’s attempted air-intrusion was over Anupgarh that is located along the International Border a few kilometers east of Bahawalpur , the base of the banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Russian made Su-30Mki, a twin-engine air dominance fighter, scrambled from a base along the international border at about 11.30 am after air-defense radars picked up an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle or drone.(AP/Picture for representation)
Russian made Su-30Mki, a twin-engine air dominance fighter, scrambled from a base along the international border at about 11.30 am after air-defense radars picked up an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle or drone.(AP/Picture for representation)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySudhi Ranjan Sen

Indian fighter jets were scrambled front a frontline base in the Rajasthan sector on Monday morning to engage an incoming threat from Pakistan, a senior official in the security establishment said on condition of anonymity.

Russian made Su-30Mki — a twin-engine air dominance fighter — scrambled from a base along the international border at about 11.30 am after air-defense radars picked up an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle or drone. Indian fighters engaged it with “air-to-air missiles,” the official added. Besides the Su-30MKi, there were other fighters in the package as well, this person said without elaborating.

India and Pakistan have been on the edge following an attack against Indian troopers by a terrorist of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14. On February 26, Indian fighter jets struck a Jaish facility at Balakot in Pakistan. Pakistan responded with a strike by its own fighters that was repulsed on February 27.

Monday’s attempted air-intrusion was over Anupgarh that is located along the International Border a few kilometers east of Bahawalpur , the base of the banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The Indian Air Force, however, refused to comment on the drone intrusion.

The incident comes after a Pakistani drone was shot down on February 26 in the Gujarat sector. Earlier on Monday Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said “operations” against Pakistan were “ongoing”.

All three services — Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy — are in a heightened state of alert. All ground formations especially those along the Line-of-Control (LoC) — the disputed de-facto border between India and Pakistan — and the settled border — International Border — are in a state of alert.

Air Bases in Western India — for instance, Suratgarh, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Bhuj in Gujarat Sirsa, Halwara, Ambala, Adamour, Bhatinda and Pathankot in Punjab and those in Jammu and Kashmir including Jammu, Awantipora and Srinagar — are launching Combat Air Patrols to ward off any incoming threats. Air bases and radar stations like those Amritsar are also on an alert.

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