Ahmedabad: The Indian Navy`s second UAV squadron, which consists of Israeli-made Searcher and Heron, was on Monday commissioned at the Porbandar naval base.
The squadron, whose primary objective is to carry out maritime surveys and reconnaissance, was commissioned by Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal.
The development assumes significance as Porbandar, which also houses a naval base and a airstrip, lies in close proximity with Pakistan.
The Indian Navy is among the few elite naval forces to deploy 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 aerial survey that is to be carried out across the coast of Gujarat," a Naval spokesperson said.
When the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is airborne it would be controlled by a 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 take action after analysing the sensitivity of the matter, he added.