Govt. sanctions three new Naval Air Squadrons to be set up in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu

The Government of India has sanctioned this week three new Naval Air Squadrons to be set up in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
An official press release said the Government had also sanctioned manpower towards manning additional aircraft in existing Dornier Surveillance Squadrons in Kerala and Andaman Islands.
The contract for procurement of 12 Dornier aircraft was signed with HAL (Kanpur) on December 29, 2016 with delivery commencing in January, 2019.
This is a substantial contract for the indigenous HAL built Maritime Surveillance version of the Dornier 228 aircraft, the release said.
The new Dornier 228 aircraft being delivered under this contract are fitted with improved state-of-the-art sensors and equipment which includes glass cockpit, Advanced Surveillance Radar, ELINT, Optical sensors and networking features. 
"The aircraft would enhance Maritime Domain Awareness of Indian Navy through round the clock sensor based surveillance and provide targeting data in areas of operation to ward off terror and other threats from sea. This addition would further strengthen Indian Navy’s efforts at Coastal Security of India’s vast coastline of over seven thousand km," the release added.

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