#Day44: To Track Militants, Delhi Installing Israeli Radar Technology in Kashmir Jungles




India is preparing to install Israeli radar technology in the jungles of the volatile Kashmir Valley as part of operations to stop militants “infiltrating” from other side of border.

Representatives from India’s Border Security Force are due to visit Israel later this month as part of the acquisition of the detection system, a senior security official told India Today TV this week. During the trip, the Indian personnel are set to receive training on the system’s operation.

The so-called foliage penetrating radar is said to be equipped with high-sensitivity sensors that can track human and vehicular movement in dense foliage. “According to the manufacturer, the radar performs optimally in temperature conditions between 20 – 50 degrees centigrade, which may be a problem in the high-variance mountainous climates of Kashmir, where temperatures may reach lows of -20 degrees in the winter and highs in the 30s during the summer,” Ankit Panda, The Diplomat reporter wrote in a story about the development.

According to India Today, the Indian government will established a 24/7 control room to monitor the signals received from the Israeli technology installed throughout the Kashmir Valley and along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

India is working to erect an air-tight defense mechanism along the border with nuclear-armed Pakistan modeled after Israeli security infrastructure, the officials said.

Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval approved the deal to buy the radar system from Israel, the officials added.

India and Pakistan have been embroiled in a territorial dispute over the Jammu and Kashmir region since the partition of India in 1947.

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