In pursuit of policy of self reliance and indigenization being undertaken by Pakistan Navy, the first squadron of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has been formally inducted in Pakistan Navy Fleet during a ceremony held here at PN Aviation Base, Mehran.
A Pakistan Navy press release on Wednesday said that the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, was the chief guest on the occasion.
It said that 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 (MIO) in the coastal areas.
The induction of UAVs in Pakistan Navy will enhance the operational capabilities of PN.
The Chief of the 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.
The Chief of the Naval Staff reiterated that UAVs induction is a manifestation of PN's commitment and resolve towards self reliance and indigenization. Cognizant of the heightened surveillance measures at all times, the induction of UQAB-II UAVs will provide essential experience to Pakistan Navy and necessary impetus to utilize this particular segment of warfare to the best use of naval objectives.
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