Officials said the drone was near the Satrana and Jagdev border outposts in the area when it was detected by radars, which led to the “anti-aircraft guns opening up to prevent its ingress” further into Indian territory.
There have been over a dozen such incidents, with at least four Pakistani drones being shot down, amidst the heightened tensions along the borders since the air strikes on the major Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26.
Barely three hours after the pre-dawn air strikes on Balakot, a Pakistani UAV had been shot down along the Kutch border at about 6:30am. The IAF had even scrambled Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets from the Suratgrah and Nal airbases to shoot down a drone in the Anupgarh-Bikaner sector area on March 4. Both militaries continue to maintain a high level of operational readiness, which has also included some re-deployment of mechanised forces along the international border in Rajasthan.