China sells 50 armed drones to Pakistan, begins psy-ops. It’s a reminder

This month the Chinese propaganda media wrote that fifty Wing Loong II armed drones supplied by Beijing to Pakistan are going to be a nightmare for Indian ground formations in high altitude areas as its military doesn't have the power to reply to the new age stand-off weaponry. Arguing that armed Chinese and Turkish drones had played an important part in Libya, Syria and Azerbaijan conflicts by decimating the enemy defences and traditional armour, the Chinese media continued with war of nerves by saying that Indian ground formations are going to be simply unable to parry an attack by sizable amount of armed drones.

China sells 50 armed drones to Pakistan, begins psy-ops. It’s a reminder
While the Chinese crowing about the success of Wing Loong II in African and Asian theatre is a matter to be noted, the fact is that armed drones perform optimally in uncontested air spaces or air dominance.

While the Chinese crowing about the success of Wing Loong II in African and Asian theatre may be a interest be noted, the very fact is that armed drones perform optimally in uncontested air spaces or air dominance. Whether it had been the utilization of drones in Afghanistan and Iraq against insurgents or terrorists, the US achieved success as they were dominating the air space. “Whether it's Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir or Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the airspace is extremely closely monitored by radars and hotly contested with fighters. The armed drones will simply be shot down if they cross the lines,” said a former air chief.

However, the availability of armed drones to client state Pakistan by China makes a case for India to accumulate weaponized drones also as anti-drone systems because the unmanned aerial vehicles are often wont to launch air to ground weapons without crossing the LoC or LAC. Basically, the drones can discharge the weapons beyond the engagement envelopes of the Indian guns or surface to air missiles on ground.

As of now, India doesn't have any armed drone system with Israeli weaponization upgrade of Heron drone taking time and therefore the Indian Navy acquiring two US Predators on lease for maritime domain awareness for friend or foe identification. The draw in weapon (CIWS), whose tender was floated for 61 such systems in 2018 after acceptance necessarily in 2015, remains in field trial stage and Russian S-400 system is predicted to be available next year. Defence PSU BEL has come up with an anti-drone radar based system but it's still to be validated by the users.

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While the Chinese media and military would derive vicarious pleasure by comparing Indian army with Armenian, Syrian or Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in Africa-Asian theatre, the BEL manufactured medium power radar detects even birds on the wing and it's cost effective to shoot down an infiltrating drone by using L-70 or ZU-23 air defence guns. After all, a Chinese Wing Loong II drone is one-tenth the value of a fighter and it doesn't add up to shoot them down using US million dollars air-to-air missiles.(Asianewsera)