India signs $45-million deal with Mahindra Telephonics for airport radars for maritime forces

Photo: Indian MoD and Mahindra Telephonics officials signing deal for airport surveillance radars today.

New Delhi: India today signed a $45-million deal for Airport Surveillance Radars for the navy and coast guard to boost their maritime aviation activities.

The Ministry of Defence signed the contract with Mumbai-based Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems Limited for procurement of 11 Airport Surveillance Radars with Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, an official statement said.

Mahindra Telephonics is a joint venture, formed between Mahindra Defense Systems and Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American firm Griffon Corporation, in 2013, making electronic surveillance and communication systems for the Indian aerospace and defence market.

The procurement, at a cost of Rs 323.47 crore ($45 million), will be made under the ‘Buy and Make’ category of the defence procurement procedures.

“The installation of these radars will increase the air domain awareness around airfields and enhance safety and efficiency in flying operations of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.”

The contract, the statement said, is a move of the government towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ (Self-Reliance India Initiative) and the objectives envisaged in the programme.

“This would enable absorption of technology, skill development and indigenous manufacture, boosting employment opportunities.”

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