In­dian Coast Guard – Avi­a­tion


[By Rear Ad­mi­ral (Retd) Sushil Ram­say] he In­dian Coast Guard is the prin­ci­pal agency for en­force­ment of pro­vi­sions of all na­tional en­act­ment in force in the Maritime Zones of In­dia (MZI) and pro­vides fol­low­ing ser­vices to the na­tion and marine community. - fi­cial is­lands, off­shore in­stal­la­tions and other struc­tures in In­dia’s maritime zones. as­sis­tance to them at sea while in dis­tress. en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing preven­tion and con­trol of maritime pol­lu­tion. - toms and other au­thor­i­ties in an­ti­smug­gling op­er­a­tions. and prop­erty at sea. In­dian Coast Guard (ICG) was felt right from the time of its in­cep­tion. The first ICG avi­a­tion unit to be com­mis­sioned was 800 SQN on May 22, 1982, with two Chetak he­li­copters at Goa.

The first fixed wing squadron of In­dian Coast Guard was com­mis­sioned with two Fokker Friend­ship (F-27) air­craft on July 30, 1983. These air­craft were taken on dry lease yeomen ser­vice to ICG through their tire­less - time sur­veil­lance and search and res­cue roles cov­er­ing the en­tire ex­clu­sive eco­nomic

The first planned in­duc­tion in­cluded 12 fixed wing air­craft for coastal sur­veil­lance and six sin­gle engine he­li­copters to sup­port com­mis­sioned as 750 Squadron (ICG) at

1987. Since then the fol­low­ing air squadrons/flights have been in­ducted into the ser­vice and are lo­cated as shown in the box.

The pri­mary role of these squadrons in­clude search and res­cue and em­barka­tion on board he­li­copter oper­at­ing ships to un­der­take the fol­low­ing mis­sions: (a) Lo­gis­tics and op­er­a­tional cover for the

In­dian Coast Guard ships at sea. (c) Ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion.

T(e) Re­con­nais­sance and shadow. (f ) Se­cu­rity pa­trol of off­shore in­stal­la­tions/ oil rigs.

Mod­erni­sa­tion of ICG - Avi­a­tion

The present force lev­els of ICG com­prise 44 ships, six hov­er­craft, 24 in­ter­cep­tor boats, 28 - copters and 20 Chetak sin­gle-engine heli 2007-08, ICG had pro­jected a re­quire­ment of 154 ships and 93 boats.

May 1982 and nearly two decades later, in its avi­a­tion as­sets to be en­hanced to 99 air re­vamp of the coun­try’s coastal sur­veil­lance and se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus, the Coast Guard in­clud­ing 173 small pa­trol craft, 113 air­craft, radars by 2017. The avi­a­tion com­po­nent of - sur­veil­lance, an in­crease from the 24 air­craft cur­rently in ser­vice, and 11 medium range, mar­itme re­con­nais­sance air­craft. The plan also en­com­passes com­men­su­rate in­crease in the man­power strength to man the aug­mented avi­a­tion as­sets of ICG.

- sur­face plat­forms and 42 air­craft which is be­ing pro­cessed with strin­gent time­lines. de­vel­op­ment plan for 2007-12 was re­cast on a 15-year per­spec­tive span­ning from 2007-22.

The ap­proved mod­erni­sa­tion plans for prom­i­nent among them be­ing six MRMR (medium range, maritime re­con­nais­sance) air­craft. The ICG ver­sion of MRMR, air­craft the Rus­sian Irkut’s Beriev Be-200 and the to qual­ify the strin­gent field eval­u­a­tion tests. Con­sid­er­ing the strate­gic im­por­tance of - -

For up­grad­ing sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties

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