Pakistan is very effectively using drones for surveillance and smuggling arms, explosives and narcotics across the border, BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana said on Wednesday.
“In 2019, there were 167 recorded sightings of drones on the Western front (with Pakistan). In 2020, there were 77 sightings of drones on this front,” he said at a seminar organised by industry body FICCI at Aero India 2021 exhibition.
“Pakistan is very effectively using its drone technology for not only smuggling activities, but also for surveillance purposes,” Asthana said.
“As per intelligence inputs, the Pakistan Army is looking for mini or small UAVs which can stay for several hours in the air to monitor the borders with a preferable range of 150 kms,” he added.