The Ministry of Defence on 21 February 2017 gave its in-principle approval to set up 38 radar stations to boost surveillance of the country’s 7,517 km long coastline.
The approval for the project was given at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi.
About the Coastal Surveillance Project
• The project will be executed at a cost of Rs 800 crore by the Bengaluru-based Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
• Apart from the 38 static radar stations, 4 mobile surveillance stations will also be set up under the project.
• These surveillance stations will be integrated with the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in the Gulf of Kutch and Khambatt.
• These stations are in addition to 46 radar stations, which have already been set up under the Phase I of the Static Sensor Chain Project. The project seeks to set up gap-less electronic surveillance along India’s coastline.
The following are some of the recent measures undertaken by the Indian Navy to boost coastal security.
• On 3 February 2017, the Vice Admiral and Western Naval Command Chief Girish Luthra inaugurated an Integrated Under Water Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) for the Indian Navy in Mumbai.
• Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS AYUSH was commissioned on 18 February 2017 in Kochi, Kerala. The fast patrol vessel (FPV) is fitted with state-of- the-art navigational and communication equipment including Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Machinery Control System (MCS).
• The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini was inducted on 18 February 2017.
• INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa.
What: Approved by the DAC
When: 21 February 2017