Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be used for the first time to detect Naxal hideouts in dense forests and hilly terrains and monitor the movement of ultras to help ground forces carry out precision attacks.
The UAVs, with in-built camera, well-equipped data link and video link, will gather and record information which will be shared among the security forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations, specially in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
The trials of the UAVs, developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), have recently been conducted in Hissar and Delhi while more trials will be conducted in jungles of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand soon.
“We are satisfied with the UAV trials in Hissar and Delhi. If we are satisfied with next stage of trials, we will take the help of UAVs in our operations against Naxals,” a Home Ministry official said.
Security experts also want to see which of the UAV variants will be useful in forests and hills as most of the Maoist bases are located there only.
The UAVs also provide flexible surveillance and reconnaissance capability with external payload, including weapons capability.
“Since Maoists keep changing their movements, deployment of UAVs will certainly be an advantage for security forces,” the official said.