Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of P-8I Training Solution and Low Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS), at a total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore. These contract proposals were approved by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.
The P-8I Training Solution, along with 10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from M/s Boeing for Rs 1949.32 crore. This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems. It will help Indian Navy train and realistically rehearse for sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft, at a fraction of the cost of live aircraft training.
The first P-8I aircraft was inducted in Indian Navy in 2013 and as of date, eight aircraft, based at INS Rajali, have been fully integrated into Indian Naval operations. In 2016, the MoD placed a follow-on order for four additional P-8I, the delivery of which will begin in 2020.
The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations. Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers. The aircraft is capable of thrusting a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India's immediate and extended areas of interest.
The second proposal cleared was for procurement of LICEWS from M/s Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs 470 crore. This system will equip Indian Army with upgraded communications infrastructure to effectively deal with advanced communications systems being used by terrorist groups.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman cleared two procurement proposals on January 2, 2018.
The first proposal was related to procurement of 240 bombs, at a cost of Rs. 1254 cr. from M/s JSC Rosonboron Exports, Russia. These bombs, which fall under the category of Precision Guided Munitions, are used by Indian Air Force (IAF). This procurement will address the deficiency of Precision Guided Munitions in the IAF arsenal, besides enhancing the offensive capabilities of the IAF.
The second proposal pertained to procurement of 131 Barak Missiles and associated equipment, under option clause from M/s Rafeal Advance Defence Systems Ltd., Israel, at a cost of Rs. 460 cr. These missiles are surface to air missiles designed to be used as a ship-borne anti-missile defence system against anti-ship missiles.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman visited the proposed site for the Indian Coast Guard Training Centre at Baikampady, Mangalore in Karnataka accompanied by Director General Indian Coast Guard Shri Rajendra Singh.
Raksha Mantri also visited Coast Guard District Headquarters Karnataka. The proposed training centre is being developed on 160 acres of land, which has been cleared by the Government on December 10, 2017. This is her maiden visit to Coast Guard, Karnataka as Raksha Mantri during which she was apprised about the operational preparedness, coastal security mechanism, infrastructure development and administrative set up of Coast Guard, Karnataka. She also reviewed the rescue operations conducted by the Coast Guard, Karnataka during cyclone Ockhi.
Smt Sitharaman, on her arrival inspected the Guard of Honour given by Coast Guard, Karnataka before visiting the Remote Operating Station – New Mangalore. This station is a part of the chain of static sensors in the West Coast for gap free electronic surveillance of the entire coast up to 25 nautical miles from the coast.
The Raksha Mantri also interacted with the troops of Coast Guard, Karnataka who man the ships and aircraft including bases. She appreciated their dedication to the service and efforts in guarding the nation's interest in the sea.