INAS 343

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INAS 343
INAS 343 insignia.jpg
INAS 343 Insignia
Active January 17, 2011 - Present
Country  India
Branch  Indian Navy
Type Naval aviation Squadron
Role Reconnaissance
Part of Western Naval Command
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Enclave, Porbandar
Nickname(s) Frontier Formidables[1]
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance IAI Heron
IAI Searcher Mk.II

INAS 343 (Indian Naval Air Squadron 343) is an aviation squadron of the Indian Navy, operating IAI Heron and IAI Searcher MkII UAVs based at Porbandar. It is the second squadron in the navy dedicated to operating UAVs after INAS 342 at Kochi.

The Searcher is a third-generation UAV. Heron is the bigger version of Searcher MKII and has a wingspan of about 16 metres. The Searcher carries a modern and sophisticated electro optic camera and a communication intelligence payload. Heron is equipped with a maritime patrol radar. Both the UAVs have long endurance capabilities, can operate before and after sunset and beam real time live pictures of maritime targets. The Searcher MkII has a cruise speed of about 100 knots, a service ceiling of 20,000 feet and an 18-hour endurance. The Heron can touch speeds of over 100 knots with a service ceiling of 30,000 feet and an endurance of 40 hours.

References

  1. ^ UAV Squadron Commissioned at Porbandar Archived 6 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Indian NavyPress Release
  • www.defence.pk/.../89273-Indian-navy-commissions-inas-343-uav-squadron -porbandar.html
  • http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-indias-second-uav-squadron-commissioned/20110118.htm
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