Pakistan Navy now equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles


In pursuit of policy of self reliance and indigenisation being undertaken by the Pakistan Navy (PN), the first squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been formally inducted in Pakistan Navy Fleet during a ceremony held at the PN Aviation Base, Mehran.
According to a PN press release issued on Wednesday, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir was the chief guest on the occasion.
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 UAVs will enhance the operational capabilities of PN.
The chief of naval staff while addressing the audience congratulated all those who were involved in the UQAB-II programme and expressed satisfaction on induction of UAVs.
He said that 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.
Cognisant of the heightened surveillance measures at all times, the induction of UQAB-II UAVs will provide essential experience to the PN and necessary impetus to utilise this particular segment of warfare to the best use of naval objectives.