Manohar Parrikar led DAC approves Rs 800 cr plus projects for enhancing surveillance of India’s coastline

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In order to enhance coastal surveillance and secure India’s vast coastline, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar headed Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved setting up of 38 new radar and four mobile surveillance stations under the second phase of its coastline surveillance radar chain project at a cost of Rs 800 crore.

Officials said the DAC also reviewed the status of other procurement projects and proposals.The DAC also accorded its approval for an intermediate engine repair facility for Naval Mig-29K fighter aircraft at Goa.The Navy currently operates 45 Mig-29K carrier aircraft procured from Russia.and that operate from the deck of the sea-borne aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. 

Soon after the Mumbai terror in November 2008, India installed 46 coastal radar systems in the first phase of its coastal surveillance radar chain project and integrated them for realtime maritime awareness.

Another 42 coastal surveillance systems cleared by the DAC on Tuesday will further secure and strengthen the country’s surveillance over its 7500 km long coastline.

The project would be executed by Indian companies and the lead integrator would be Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru, sources in the defence ministry said.

Along with these radar and mobile surveillance systems, the Phase-II project also includes setting up of two Vessel Traffic Management Systems at the Gulf of Kutch and Khambat.

The radar chain will integrate the vessel (ship/traffic)management system for Gulf of Kutch and Gulf Khambat — both of which are in Gujarat,/close to Karachi, Pakistan, from where the Mumbai attackers took the sea route to Mumbai.

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