Visakhapatnam

Static sensors to improve surveillance along coast

Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Kumar being greeted by Bharat Electronics Limited Director S.K. Sharma at the inaugural of the static sensor chain at the Coast Guard District Headquarters in Visakhapatnam on Friday. Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam

Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Kumar being greeted by Bharat Electronics Limited Director S.K. Sharma at the inaugural of the static sensor chain at the Coast Guard District Headquarters in Visakhapatnam on Friday. Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam   | Photo Credit: C_V_SUBRAHMANYAM

Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Kumar inaugurated a chain of static sensors positioned along the coast of Andhra Pradesh at a programme organised at the Coast Guard district headquarters here on Friday.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr. Jitendra Kumar said that post 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, the vulnerability of the coast and its protection gained importance. AP had the second largest coastline in the country and it overlooks several important sea lanes in the Bay of Bengal.

The surveillance equipment apart from improving safety and security would also help in enhancing the efficacy of search and rescue operations of the Coast Guard.

He said 38 additional remote radar sites would be established under Phase-II of the project. Once both the phases of the project were completed the chain of static sensors would provide gap-free electronic surveillance for the entire Indian coastline up to 25 nautical miles from the coast.

Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, said six radar stations were set up on the Andhra coast. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the ENC, IG of Indian Coast Guard S.P. Sharma and Director of BEL S.K. Sharma were present.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Jitendra Kumar expressed satisfaction that the ambitious projectwas completed on time by the Coast Guard. The data generated would be shared with other maritime agencies like the Indian Navy, State police and the State government.

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