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Pak smugglers switch to smaller, stealthier drones to drop drugs into Punjab - Hindustan Times

Last updated Thursday, August 17, 2023 15:05 ET

Pakistan-based narcotic smugglers have switched to small drones to drop payloads of drugs into the Indian territory in Punjab, a new trend that poses a fresh challenge to security agencies.
Reason: Such drones can fly long distances and make comparatively less noise, thus making it harder for security agencies to detect these as compared to the large-sized drones.
In the past six months, according to officials involved in the fight against drugs, most of the drones spotted or shot down along Punjab’s 554-km long international border with Pakistan, were small-sized, which could be used to push heroin between 500 grams to 1 kg.
Made in China
A senior cop of a border district revealed that these drones are so stealthy that these can even be used to drop consignments during the day.
“The new small drones are hi-tech Chinese flying objects, with a long flight time and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities,” the officer said.
Roughly 70% of the drones seized in the first seven months of the year were small-sized, mainly Matrice 300 RTK, a UAV manufactured by Chinese company DJI.
As per officials, the DJI Matrice 300 is more reliable than the assembled drones which were earlier being used to carry big loads.
“We cannot share the exact data on these drones because forensic assessment is on in many cases,” the official said.
While some drones were shot down by alert BSF personnel, others were recovered during search operations. “One cannot be fully sure how many have...

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