http://www.indiandefence.com/iaf-plans-acquire-amphibious-aircraft-20110130/ The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to purchase amphibious aircraft for the first time in the history of the organization. These aircrafts are most likely to be deployed at the Nicobar and Andaman archipelago. The IAF has requested information for the aircraft which can takeoff not only from land, but also from sea. The contestant aircrafts are the Canadian Bombardier 415, the Dornier Sea Plane and the Russian Beriev Be-200. This is the first the the IAF has planned of having an amphibious capability and the main reason for this drastic step is the dynamically changing security demands around the isles. Nicobar and Andaman is the only tri-service command of the IAF and the amphibious aircrafts will be used to boost the forces capability to secure and constantly keep an eye on the maritime boundary around the isles. The official information about this case, says that the IAF are planning on purchasing six of these aircraft for maritime reconnaissance and search and rescue operations. The IAF have some requirements for the amphibious aircraft â€“ their main goal is to purchase a machine with a short take-off capability and a range of at least 800 nautical miles. The proposal to purchase amphibious aircraft for the IAF isnâ€™t an old idea and it has been an important question for the Indian government since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Since then the Indian authorities have been considering different options to augment the security of the 7,516km long coast. In 2009 the Indian Navy made the first step to reinforcing the security by buying eight long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft P-8I.