Indian media claims that Pakistan’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ( UAV) called ‘Jasoos’ have been spying on their security arrangements and Army activities going on in the Indian land, from the international border of Pakistan adjoining Rajasthan. Stating that in recent past, activities of these UAVs have increased.
These UAVs can be spotted at night as sparkling red lights and have become a subject of excitement and discussion among the security forces. They are active even during day time and can be recognized by the trail of smoke they leave behind. These spy planes are active across the border opposite Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Ganganagar in Rajasthan.
Following are the assertions made on Indiantimes.com:
What are ‘Jasoos’?
Jasoos are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Pakistani company Satuma. They are controlled via remote and weigh around 20kg. Capable of doing 180 kmph, these UAVs fly at a height of 10,000ft (3480m). Jasoos have a range of 100km, and can fly for 4-5 hours continuously with battery backup. Pak air force in the year 2004 had included UAVs, but was used in 2009 after the testing. Prior to this, Pak had purchased UAVs from Italy in 2003.
Furthermore, “Reliable sources confirming this said that Pakistan is taking help of UAVs to keep an eye on the Indian area and their activities have intensified in the past few days.”
Indian media believes these flying vehicles have been developed with the help of Italy and USA.
More claims are:
“Sources said these spy planes are active at a height of 1500m-2000m just 500-700 yards from the international border.”
“Though BSF is keeping a watch over the activities of UAVs, but it is not possible to take any action since they are flying within the Pakistani border. But senior officers have been informed about the UAVs, sources added.”
“Indian media has reported an army personnel Col SD Goswami, defence spokesperson, stating, “Our air defence units are monitoring such activities along the border. In case there is an air space violation, suitable action will be taken. All such violations are analysed and taken up with the country concerned through laid down channels as per established procedures.
He added that as per the international air space rules and bilateral agreements with neighbouring sovereign countries, such flying activities are permitted 10 km away from the international border, but any closer than the 10 km limit requires prior permission.”