|Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:23 pm Post subject: Coast Guard stepping up its might
|A UNI report says that the Coast Guard is stepping up its existing surveillance capabilities which includes building a large air enclosure in the coastal city of Porbandar in Gujarat, in a huge way. This, the report says, is to guard the vast Exclusive Economic Zone of India.
By 2008, the new EEZ norms will be in place and the area of India’s EEZ will increase by one-and-a-half times from 2.01 to 3.75 million square kilometers, so the CG is planning to get long-range surveillance aircraft, expand its fleet and build an air enclosure in Gujarat.
‘The air enclosure will have two hangars and will have the capacity to house eight aircraft including fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft. At present, the CG operates from the union terrority of Daman.
The air enclosure is also gettng a boost as the Indian Navy is also building a hi-tech surveillance centre at the Porbandar harbour.
This enclosure will intially house Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopters in fixed and rotary wing categories.
Four Advanced Light Helicopters will add to the CG’s might in the sky.
Two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels and five Inshore Patrol Vessels are being built at the Goa Ship building yard for the CG. Apart from this, 11 Interceptor Boats are also being built by the ABG ship building yard located near Surat.