The Defence Ministry on 27 October 2018 approved the
Mid-Life Upgrade of 17 Dornier Aircraft of Indian Coast Guard at a cost of Rs
950 crore, an official statement said.
The upgrades will be carried out by M/s Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the aircraft manufacturer of India.
ICG is responsible for protecting the national
interests in maritime zones of India which entails surveillance of sea areas of
approximately 2.01 million square kilometres of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone
ICG is also the nodal agency in India for maritime
In order to enhance the capabilities of the fleet, DAC
(Defence Acquisition Council) accorded approval for upgradation of these
aircraft with state-of-the-art technology, spares, Special Maintenance Tools
(SMT) and Special Test Equipment (STE).
The DAC also approved equipping of three aircraft with
Pollution Surveillance Systems