The Indian Air Force’s UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) aircraft crashed at Mankuva village near Bhuj while doing it’s routine surveillance at Bhuj on Wednesday.
Defence PRO, Wing Commandar Abhishek Matiman said, “It is a Heron UAV that was in air and crashed near Bhuj. The IAF is looking into the reasons behind the crash and a court of inquiry has been ordered”.
The IAF officials said that the UAV was in air since last few months for its routine work of surveillance, security, collecting and providing information to the Air Force on movements around the air base.
The officials added that it is suspected that there was a technical fault that led to the crash. The crash had, however, left the villagers scared and they raised an alarm.
The IAF officials and Bhuj police rushed to the spot. The IAF officials are inspecting the spot after which the debris would be cleared from the spot. The cost of the Heron UAV is approximately Rs 80 crores.
Heron is a medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Malat division of Israel Aerospace industry. It is capable of medium altitude long endurance operations of up to 52 hours’ duration. It was acquired by India from Israel.