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India, Pak scrambled jets after drone sighting earlier today: Indian media

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NEW DELHI: The Air Force today scrambled two Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets after the Army detected a Pakistani drone flying close to the border in Punjab’s Khemkaran sector some hours before dawn on Monday, sources said. The neighbouring country responded by sending two of its American-made F-16 jets. The Pakistani jets soon turned back, sources said.

According to Indian media, several Pakistan drones have been shot down by the Air Force in the last two months along the border in Rajasthan and Gujarat, after tensions rose following Pulwama attack.

Drones are commonly used at border areas by the armed forces of both India and Pakistan to spy on each other as they are lightweight, easy to operate and relatively inexpensive.

Pakistan had also used the F-16s it got from the US in a skirmish with Indian fighter jets.

Last month, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had indicated that the forces remain in full preparedness even after India and Pakistan pulled back from the brink.


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