A day after Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar suggested that the spy drone shot down by Pakistan military in their territory was Chinese-made, a Shanghai-based website confirmed that the drone indeed was made in Shenzhen, China.
The photograph of the drone in question indicates that it’s not of Indian design, nor of any UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) category held in the inventory of the Indian armed forces. It appears to be of Chinese design, and is commercially available off-the-shelf,” Jaishankar had told reporters yesterday.
The drone in question was a DJI Phantom 3, which represents the most powerful, most intelligent and most accessible drone to date, said a Chinese website. The drone reportedly sells for $12,000 each.
Pakistani Defense Ministry had on Wednesday alleged that it shot down an Indian spy drone along the LoC in Bhimber, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Both the Indian Army and Air Force ,however, denied that their drones were shot down.
Indian government sources said that it was a strange coincidence that Pakistan had shot down the drone soon after the ceasefire violation on Wednesday when a woman was killed and six, including two soldiers were injured as a result of firing from across the border in Akhnoor.
India had themselves planned to lodge a protest with the Pakistani envoy.