Sunday, February 07, 2010

Chavan seeks UAV, satellite phones to tackle Naxals

New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI) Maharahstra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today sought the Centre's help in acquiring the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and satellite phones for the state police to tackle Naxalites in remote and dense forests areas.

Chavan, speaking at the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security, sought the Centre's support "in acquiring latest equipment like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and satellite phones which would be of immense use in the remote and dense forest areas frequented by naxal dalams (groups)."

"Permit us to buy the Iridium satellite phones, which are very handy and have a very good range as against InmarSat phone which are not user friendly at all in difficult forest conditions," he said.

UAVs have been used by American forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan to locate and launch an air assault on the militants

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