Indian Army moves 1,000 crore proposal for securing the bases to the government after Uri and Nagrota attack
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Uri and Nagrota last year, the Indian Army has moved a `1,000-crore proposal to the government for securing its installations using hi-tech methods along with movement sensors to enable its soldiers to immediately detect any breach of its base-fences. In both the attacks in Uri and Nagrota, Pakistani terrorists had breached the fences of the Army garrisons to enter and attack the personnel and had caused a loss of over 25 troops in the process.
After these attacks, we feel there is a need for securing the bases using hi-tech fences along with deployment of movement sensors which can quickly detect any unauthorised entry attempts from any side of a base,” . Sources added the force has already prepared a plan. Investigations by the NIA and the Army into the Uri attack have suggested that the four terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly guarded army installation at two places.
After the Nagrota attack on Army’s 166 artillery regiment, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had stated that some lethargy had crept in but the forces were taking measures to secure their periphery. Seven troops had died in the attack on the Nagrota camp as two terrorists had allegedly jumped inside the campus over the security wall and tried to attack the family quarters inside there. After the attacks by breach of fence, the DRDO had been asked to experiment with smart solutions to secure military bases.
“The DRDO has been asked to try fences of different kinds – microwave, laser, smart fence – that can pick vibration and CCTV cameras that can pick movement at one kilometre,” Parrikar had said. In 2015 also, terrorist had jumped inside the Pathankot air base by crossing the security wall which had gaps in monitoring and had pitched themselves inside the campus before being busted by the Air Force Special Forces Garud. In the aftermath of the attack, the IAF has also moved towards setting up its base security, which would use smart ways of monitoring the periphery against any breach and may also employ small-sized drones to keep an eye on any kind of movement