First squadron of drones inducted into Pak Navy

KARACHI - The first squadron of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, were formally inducted into Pakistan Navy Fleet during a ceremony held here on Wednesday at PN Aviation Base, Mehran.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Fri 22 Jul 2011, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:11 PM

The indigenously developed UAVs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and sensors and can successfully be employed in support of Maritime Interdiction Operation in the coastal areas.

The induction of the UAVs will enhance the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy in surveillance activities of country’s seas. Admiral Noman Bashir, Chief of the Naval Staff congratulated all those who were involved in the Uqab-II programme.

He sais: “The prevailing maritime environment poses multifarious challenges to navies across the globe.

In addition to traditional roles, navies are now increasingly confronted with emerging challenge of deterring maritime terrorism. “Owing to their small size, ease of operation and maintenance versatility in employment and low risk of loss, UAVs today are regarded as force multipliers and are increasingly being used by combat forces worldwide.”

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