Army UAV crashes in Chinese territory
It was on a regular training mission
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Army that crashed into the Chinese side of the border was on a regular training mission and lost contact with ground control due to technical problem, the Ministry of Defence said here in a statement.
It also claimed that “as per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV.” The clarification came in the wake of China’s Defence Ministry accusing India of violating its airspace.
“The Indian move violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition,” the deputy director of the combat bureau of the Chinese Army’s western theatre, Zhang Shuili, said in a strongly worded statement.
In response, the Indian side said, “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.”
The MoD said the Chinese side reverted with the location details of the UAV. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation.
An MoD spokesperson said, “The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established proto- cols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India-China border areas.”
The incident comes just days ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India for the December 11 meeting of Russia-IndiaChina foreign ministers.
The latest development is also a setback to the efforts by both sides to repair the bilateral ties in the wake of the 72-day standoff between the militaries at Doklam. The confrontation was resolved on August 28.