India: The coastal surveillance of the Indian coast has been enhanced with the setting of hi-tech radars in the city of Kochi. The Remote Operating Station (ROS) of the coastal surveillance sensor chain of the Kerala cluster was inaugurated by Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan, Director General, Indian Coast Guard, at the Coast Guard District Headquarters No 4 Fort Kochi.
Vice Admiral Muralidharan highlighted the efforts of BEL the agency who executed the project, Department of Lighthouses and Light Ships, MTNL, BSNL, and ISRO in seeing the project through.
M/s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is executing the project at a cost of INR 601.75 crore. The project envisages installation of high end surveillance gadgets, electro optic sensors, communication equipment and met equipment on light houses at 46 locations across Indian mainland and island territories.
The data would also be integrated with other monitoring systems like Automatic Identification System (AIS), and Long Range Identification and Tracking Systems (LRIT).
The sensor data generated through this complex sensor mesh would be shared with other maritime agencies. Phase -II of the project envisages augmentation of the radar chain by additional sensors, and mobile sensor platforms. On completion of the project, the entire coast line of the country will get seamless electronic surveillance up to 25 nautical miles into the sea.
Source: News Track