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Defence Ministry approves purchase of 15 maritime surveillance aircraft for Navy, Indian Coast Guard: Sources

The Defence Ministry has permitted the acquisition of 9 maritime surveillance plane for the Indian Navy and 6 maritime patrol plane for the Indian Coast Guard, mentioned defence sources on Friday.

The 15 maritime patrol planes could be modelled on the Made in India C-295 transport plane and the value of the tasks is round Rs 29,000 crore, the sources added.

The transport plane could be outfitted with the required radars and sensors and changed into a maritime patrol airplane by the Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation’s Centre for Airborne Techniques (CABS), defence officers mentioned.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence additionally signed a Rs 1,752.13-crore contract with a Kanpur-based agency for manufacturing and provide of 463 indigenously constructed 12.7 mm stabilised distant management weapons for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.

This acquisition will present an additional increase to the imaginative and prescient of “Aatmanirbharta in Defence”, the Ministry of Defence mentioned in a press release.

“This contract will also open up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 125 Indian vendors and Defence PSUs for over a period of five years,” it added.

With inputs from businesses

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