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India's Coastal Radar Chain By This Year-End
India's post-Mumbai 26/11 terror strike plans to have a chain of radar stations as part of its coastal security apparatus will be ready along the peninsular mainland by the end of 2012 and those in the island territories by 2013, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Director General Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan has said. "We have a chain of radar stations that have been set up for the entire coastal security network which will be ready at the end of this year along the mainland and early next year it will be ready in our island territories,".
India Invests In Radars for Greater Surveillance Capability of Armed Forces
The Indian Armed Forces are expected to induct radars worth over $ 8.5 billion in the next decade as a host of defence public sector units as well as local and international private sector contribute to its growing demand. According to Director (R&D) of state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Mr. I.V. Sharma, the current phase is the golden age for radars in India as various indigenous developmental projects for radars and associated equipment as well as international acquisitions are taking place.
IAF Procuring Surveillance Radars, Reconnaissance Equipment to Upgrade Airfields, Air Defence
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon be procuring Surveillance Radar Elements, Precision Approach Radars, UHF Ground-to-Air Radio sets and Commutated Automatic Direction Finder systems to upgrade the equipment at it airfields, the Indian Parliament was informed. Defence Minister A.K. Antony told the lower house in written replies to questions from Members of Parliament that the IAF's Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) project is progressing to improve and modernise the navigational aids at all IAF airfields.
ADE Gears up for Advanced Rustom-2 UAV as well as Solar Drones and Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles
After having successfully conducted the fifth flight of the home-made Rustom-I unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), India has revealed that another advanced UAV, Rustom-2, is being developed. The Rustom-2 will be designed and developed by Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO laboratory and will be comparable to top drones in the world. Besides Rustom-2, solar-powered drones as well as unmanned aerial combat vehicles are also on the anvil.
Indian Navy Issues RFI for the Acquisition of 3D Surveillance Radars
Indian Navy has issued a global Request for Information (RFI) for acquiring three dimensional radars (3D Radars) aimed at boosting the surveillance capability of naval warships. The 3D air surveillance radars will be fitted on warships above 3,000 tones which will facilitate 360 degree detection of hostile aircraft and choppers, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and sea-skimming missiles.
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