The Ministry of Defence on Thursday signed a contract with Mahindra Telephonics to procure 11 airport surveillance radars for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, an official statement stated.
The statement further said that the installation of these radars will augment the air domain awareness around airfields and enhance safety and efficiency in flying operations of the Navy and the Coast Guard.
These 11 secondary surveillance radars are more accurate than the conventional ones when there are many aircraft in close proximity in a specific area of airspace.
“The procurement, for Rs 323.47 crore, will be made under the ‘Buy and Make’ category,” the Defence Ministry’s statement mentioned. Under the ‘Buy and Make’ category of defence procurement, initial purchase of equipment can be done from the foreign company, followed by indigenous production through a domestic company in a phased manner involving ‘Transfer of Technology’ of critical technologies according to a specified range, depth, and scope.
The ministry said that the deal between it and Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems Limited is an achievement of the Central government towards the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’.