Indian Coast Guard : Post 26/11 Coastal Security Choppers Stuck In Red Tape

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  1. Singh

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    Three years after the Mumbai terror attacks of 26 November 2008, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) floated tenders for 16 surveillance helicopters and eight dry-lease helicopters meant for coastal security. The atrocious delay is now being aggravated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which is yet to open the bids for the helicopters, something that should have been done last year.

    Two separate tenders were issued around the middle of 2011: one for the 16 surveillance helicopters in a deal worth Rs 2,000 cr, and the other for the eight dry-lease helicopters for Rs 1,500 cr. The European consortium EADS, with its Eurocopter, and the Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), with its indigenous ALH Dhruv helicopter are competing for the 16-helicopter deal.

    In the fray for the eight dry-lease helicopters are the Anglo-Italian helicopter Agusta Westland, and the Sikorsky of the United States.

    Dry-leasing the eight helicopters means hiring them to fill in the gap until the time the 16 helicopters are bought and are ready for use.

    It is for the first time that the ICG is leasing such helicopters. "Since the 16 helicopters to be bought would take four-five years to come, these eight helicopters are being hired to fill in the gaps. They would perform the same role," a source told this newspaper.

    Earlier, Chetak helicopters did coastal surveillance for the ICG and will continue to do so even after the new helicopters are hired, said a source. The ICG has 21 Chetaks and there is no plan to replace them.

    Along with the Chetaks, the Dornier 228 maritime reconnaissance fixed-wing aircraft too carry out maritime surveillance of the 7,500 km long Indian coastline. India has more than 600 islands between the Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar chains, with the southernmost tip being just 90 nautical miles from Indonesia and the northernmost tip less than 10 nautical miles from Myanmar. In terms of maritime security, these are significant assets. India's Exclusive Economic Zone covers an area of more than 2.5 million square km.

    Parliament was informed last year about a three-tier coastal security ring all along the Indian coast including Mumbai, provided by the Marine Police, the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy. It was also told that the government had initiated several measures to strengthen coastal security. These include improving surveillance mechanism and enhanced patrolling by following an integrated approach. Joint operational exercises were conducted on a regular basis by the Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police, Customs and others to check the effectiveness of this approach adopted for coastal and island security.

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    Def Min scraps Coast Guard tender for choppers

    Last Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 10:46

    New Delhi: Coast Guard's plan to boost its maritime surveillance capabilities will have to wait as the Defence Ministry has scrapped its tender to procure 16 light helicopters.

    Only two companies -- Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), offering its ALH Dhruv, and European Eurocopter with its twin-engine Panther MB -- were in the race for the deal expected to be worth over Rs 1,000 crore.....

    full story: Def Min scraps Coast Guard tender for choppers
     

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