Indian Navy commissions 2nd UAV squadron in Porbander

Indian Navy commissions 2nd UAV squadron in Porbander

The squadron whose primary objective is to carry out maritime surveys and reconnaissance, will have two types of UAVs which include Israeli-made Searcher and Heron.

The commissioning of Navy squadron in Porbander becomes important as the coastal town has a proximity with Pakistan. Porbander also houses a naval base and a airstrip.

Indian Navy is amongst the few elite forces in the world to have deployed such squadrons for maritime surveillance.

"Each UAV will carry a payload in the form of radar, cameras, communication and intelligence equipments, based on the nature of the Ariel survey that is to be carried out across the coast of Gujarat," a Naval spokesperson told PTI.

When the UAV is airborne it would be controlled by controller sitting on the shore, he said, adding that all the data including pictures, sounds, audio and others would be relayed directly to the shore where the control panel is located.

Based on the data sent by the UAV, the Navy would react after analysing the sensitivity of the matter, he added.