Indian government approves purchase of Dornier surveillance planes for the Navy

Indian government approves purchase of Dornier surveillance planes for the Navy

The Indian government has approved the purchase of 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft for Indian Navy at a cost of $363.7 million.

The proposal to buy the planes was first given Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) by the Defence Acquisition Council in October 2014 and has finally being approved by the CCS, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Maritime surveillance and patrol variants of the Do-228 have been modified locally to cater for a host of equipment demanded by the navy including surveillance radar, FLIR (forward looking infrared), ESM (electronic support measures), satellite communications, data links, speech secrecy equipment, TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) and EGPWS (enhanced ground proximity warning system), among others.

The aircraft are expected to be manufactured locally by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

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