Drone ammunitions: Hero of modern warfare or Misuse?

It might seem unbelievable, but it is true!
“On February 29, Samba SSP Vinay Kumar and BSF IG (Jammu frontier) D K Boora presented Bhagwan Dass, a civilian, with a cheque for Rs 3 Lakh and a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for alerting security forces about a drone flying over his fields in January.”

On February 29, 2024, a Pakistan-owned drone flew in the Jammu district of India. Spotted by Mr. Bhagwan Dass, a civilian of the Jammu district, spotted it flying over his farm. He immediately reported it to the military service nearby. He won a cheque of ₹ 3 lakhs and a cash prize of ₹50,000 by the security forces.

Along with this, in June 2024, two Pakistani drones by Indian Security forces, were captured on the Indian-Pakistan Border in Punjab. The drones were identified as DJI Mavic 3, controlled by pilots from pakistan. The drones were shot down and were seized by the forces in India.

This brings us to our next point, even if we use drones in defense, how safe is it? And what are the precautions one should use while flying drones?

With the evolution of modern warfare, drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have emerged as an unstoppable force, revolutionizing military operations and tactics. These advanced aerial systems have proven their worth time and again, providing unparalleled surveillance capabilities, precision strikes, and strategic advantages on the battlefield. However, like any powerful technology, drones also carry the potential for misuse, raising concerns about security, privacy, and ethical implications. 

Drones: Guardians of the Battlefield

Drones have become indispensable assets in military operations, offering unmatched versatility and utility from precision strikes to rescue missions. These aerial systems can operate in hazardous environments, reducing the risk to human lives, and provide real-time situational awareness to commanders on the ground. Drones have proven as a very important ammunition in combating insurgencies, counterterrorism operations, and border surveillance, among other critical missions.

Precision and Efficiency in Modern Warfare

One of the most significant advantages of drones is their ability to deliver precision strikes with minimal collateral damage. Advanced targeting systems and high-resolution cameras ensure accurate identification of targets, reducing the risk of civilian casualties. Additionally, drones can loiter for extended periods, providing persistent surveillance and strike capabilities, making them highly efficient and cost-effective tools in modern warfare.

The Dark Side: Potential for Misuse

While drones have proven their worth in legitimate military operations, their potential for misuse cannot be ignored. In the wrong hands, these powerful systems can be used for nefarious purposes, such as targeted assassinations, illegal surveillance, or even terrorist activities. The proliferation of commercial drones and their accessibility to non-state actors further exacerbate these concerns, necessitating robust regulations and safeguards. Militants or extremist groups could exploit drones for carrying out deadly attacks, bypassing security measures, or gathering intelligence for malicious intent. Additionally, the risk of drones being hacked or hijacked by hostile entities poses a severe threat to national security and civilian safety. The misuse of drones in warfare could lead to indiscriminate killings, violation of human rights, and a complete disregard for international laws and conventions. Addressing these challenges requires a comprehensive approach, involving stringent laws, advanced counter-drone technologies, and international cooperation to prevent the illicit trade and misuse of these potent aerial systems in conflict zones or by non-state actors.

Safeguarding Security and Privacy

Ensuring the responsible use of drones is necessary to maintaining national security and protecting individual privacy. Governments must implement strict regulations and guidelines to govern the ownership, operation, and deployment of drones, particularly in sensitive areas or during critical events. Additionally, robust cybersecurity measures are essential to prevent unauthorized access or hijacking of drone systems, which could have catastrophic consequences.

Adhering to DGCA Guidelines

In India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has established comprehensive guidelines for the operation of drones, aimed at ensuring public safety and national security. These guidelines cover various aspects, including drone registration, pilot licensing, airspace restrictions, and operational limitations. Strict adherence to these regulations is crucial for responsible drone usage, and violations can result in severe penalties, including legal actions. This is one of the major measures taken by the government towards adherence to rules to maintain safety and security while flying drones. 

Raising Awareness and Preventing Misuse

The government cannot achieve safety only by rules, people need to be aware about the perils of using drone technology.  Promoting awareness about the responsible use of drones and the potential consequences of misuse is essential. Educational campaigns, workshops, and seminars should be organized to educate the public, especially drone enthusiasts and hobbyists, about the legal and ethical implications of drone operations. Additionally, robust reporting mechanisms should be in place to promptly address any instances of drone misuse or potential threats.


Drones have undoubtedly transformed the landscape of modern warfare, offering unparalleled advantages in terms of intelligence gathering, precision strikes, and strategic superiority. However, their potential for misuse and the associated security and privacy concerns cannot be overlooked. It is imperative that governments, military forces, and civilians alike embrace responsible and ethical drone usage, adhering to established guidelines and regulations. By fostering awareness, implementing robust safeguards, and promoting transparency, we can harness the power of drone technology while upholding the principles of security, privacy, and human rights. Only through a collective commitment to responsible drone warfare can we truly unlock the full potential of this revolutionary technology while mitigating its risks.

Reading next

What Makes Kamikaze Drones the Game-Changers in Modern Warfare? Can drones replace human Pilots?
Defence Drones in India: