India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of 17 licence-built Dornier Do-228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft (MRA) belonging to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for INR9.50 billion (USD129.10 million).
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sanctioned the MLU on 27 October, which will be executed by the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) that also licence-builds the multimission twin turboprop Dorniers.
According to the government's Press Information Bureau (PIB), the 'state-of-the-art technology upgrade' will include equipping the Dorniers with special maintenance tools and special test equipment.
The PIB statement declared that the MLU will support the ICG in protecting India's maritime zones and in patrolling its 2.01 million km2 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
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