The conflict in Ukraine has demonstrated just how deadly drones may be in today’s warfare. They’re a really potent military system, whether they’re carrying missiles or surveillance equipment. Unsurprisingly, Western forces are developing anti-drone weapons. Now it appears that India has chosen a different course of action.
The US and India have conducted an annual combined military exercise for the past 18 years. The wargames, known as Yudh Abhyas, gave American and Indian forces the chance to practice cooperation and combat. Given that both countries are concerned about China’s increasing aggression, that experience might prove useful in the future.
The drill from the previous year was held at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, the 11 Airborne Division, and the Assam Regiment trained this year in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, roughly 60 miles from the Chinese border, from November 16 to 30. The Indians shocked their guests with their own anti-drone weapon during the drill.
A medium-sized raptor that can be found in Australia, Africa, Europe, and Asia is the black kite. It is a fearsome predator that hunts birds, bats, and small animals with a wingspan of up to five feet, a razor-sharp beak, and talons. The Indian Army has since trained some people to seek for tiny drones. Dogs alert the army to the presence of a drone before they launch a kite to shoot it down.
Small quadcopters are used by terrorist organizations in Pakistan to bring weapons and drugs to India. For conventional weaponry, these drones are tough targets, but for a kite, they are simple prey. In the tough mountain terrain, where replenishment is difficult, the kite is the ideal weapon. It can hunt for its own fuel, doesn’t require batteries or ammo, and, as the Indian Army demonstrated, can take out drones. The answer isn’t always in technology.