PC : PTI

On the night of 27 Jun 2021, at approximately 1:40 AM, two blasts were reported at the Jammu Airport and not much information about these blasts has surfaced in the Indian media. Therefore, in this Guarding India exclusive, we will tell you all the details about this terrorist attack on the Jammu airport.

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Jammu Airport is located at a distance of just 14 kilometers from the India-Pakistan International border. This airport is a military airport means it is owned by the Indian Air Force and civilian aircraft operate using one side of the runway of this airport. Due to its proximity to the border, Jammu Airport is a high-security area.

The attack reported on the 27 Jun 2021 morning, is a unique type of attack recorded in India as it is the first drone-based attack ever witnessed inside India. Previously, this kind of drone-based attack was only seen in Syria and Iraq. In this kind of attacks, an improvised explosive device (IED) is fitted on a drone and it is detonated above or on the target. It has been repeatedly observed that Chinese drones are mostly used in these kinds of attacks due to their easy availability.

The downed quadcopter which appears to be of a commercial DJI-brand model
PC : Pakistan’s DGISPR Twitter handle

Reportedly, two DJI drones were used in the 27 Jun 2021 attack. The first blast was recorded in the early morning at approximately 1:40 AM and the second blast was recorded just 5 minutes after that at around 1:46 AM. Both blasts were targeted at the technical area of the Jammu airport means that area where both civil and military aircraft are parked. This blast was so powerful that it was heard till one kilometer away. As per unconfirmed reports, two Indian Air Force jawans including a warrant Officer and an airman was injured in these blasts.

One thing which stands clear from this attack is the fact that terrorists wanted to target aircraft parked at the Jammu airport which was not successful as no major damage was reported in this attack. In the first drone attack, the roof of the Indian Air Force building was damaged and the second drone fell down in an open area before hitting its target. However, it is not known which buildings were targeted by the terrorists as this airport also has several Radar and Air Defence systems which could have been a big target for this attack as they cost several hundred crore rupees.

Immediately after this blast Indian Army Para Commandos, the senior officers of the Jammu police, IB and R&AW reached Jammu airport for investigation. Simultaneously, security forces sealed the entire area in a matter of minutes. After this blast, Jammu Kashmir Police has issued a high alert for the entire Jammu area. Immediately after this attack, Jammu Kashmir Police arrested a suspected terrorist and over-ground worker (OGW) near a shopping mall in the area of Trikuta Nagar Police station of Jammu. A five-kilogram IED was also recovered from these suspected terrorists. However, the relationship between the arrested terrorists and this attack has not been disclosed till now.

Indian Para Special Force Personnel
Indian Para Special Force Personnel | PC : Indian Army

Presently, a team of National Security Guards (NSG) Bomb Data Center is reaching the blast site for analysis of the bombs used in this attack. Simultaneously another team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also reaching Jammu Airport for investigating the entire terrorist attack.

NIA
PC : File Photo

After covering this terrorist attack we now come onto the question which has been repeatedly asked by our multiple readers which states that why the Indian Air Force could not detect this attack. Actually, drones are very small and they have negligible radar signatures due to which normal radars can not easily detect them. Therefore, the Akash Air Defence System of the Indian Air Force could not target these drones.

Actually, for defeating drone attacks new generation air defence system is required which are called Counter Unmanned Aerial System means a C-UAS system. Presently, only the Israeli Iron Dome and American Centurion C-RAM system are known to have defeated this kind of drone attacks. Besides this several air Defence Gun system participating in the Indian Army Air Defence Gun tender like the South Korean Hybrid BIHO system and Russia’s latest generation Pantsir system can also neutralise these kinds of drone attacks.

For more information on these systems, you can watch the detailed Guarding India video by clicking here.

Finally, on behalf of Team Guarding India, we would like to say that this is a very unique terrorist attack and after this, the security of all Indian airports and airbases should be increased as a similar kind of attack on New Delhi Airport or on Mumbai Airport can create a lot of damage. Therefore, now the Indian Government must provide Indian Air Force with new anti-drone air defence systems and should finalise the Indian Army Air Defence gun deal at the earliest.