Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 07 December 2017
Ministry of Defence today clarified that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that crossed over the China had lost contact with ground control due to some technical issues. The authorities in China were also immediately alerted. Defence Ministry spokesperson issued the statement in press release following the report published in Chinese News Agency Xinhua today.
The agency quoted Zhang Shuili, deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theater Command’s joint staff department saying, “ The Indian UAV intruded into China’s airspace and crashed recently, and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle”.
The Indian statement reads as “An Indian UAV which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the LAC in the Sikkim Sector”.
“As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV”.
“In response, the Chinese side reverted with the location details of the UAV. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation”.
“The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India- China border areas.”
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.