The Indian Navy (IN) stood up its sixth Dornier 228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft squadron in a ceremony held at the Naval Air Enclave Porbandar in northwestern India on 29 November.
The Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 314, also known as the 'Raptors', will operate 12 licence-built Dornier 228s that are set to enhance maritime security and "our surveillance footprint in the North Arabian Sea", said Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Murlidhar Sadashiv, adding that, owing to its strategic location, the squadron "will act as the first responder in this crucial region".
The IN is procuring the new aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
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