India’s federal government has approved three additional naval air squadrons that will be based in western and southern India to augment the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA).
The surveillance squadrons, each comprising four licence-built Dornier Do-228 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), will be based at Porbandar in western Gujarat state, and Meenambakkam and Ramnad in Tamil Nadu state. All three are presently operational IN and coastguard air bases but with limited assets and capability.
“The aircraft [at these new bases] will enhance the IN’s MDA through round-the-clock sensor-based surveillance and provide targeting data in areas of operation to ward off terror and other threats from the sea,” the IN said on 19 January.
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