In­dian Navy for new air­port sur­veil­lance radars

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In an ef­fort to ramp up nav­i­ga­tion and sur­veil­lance sys­tems at its air­fields across the coun­try, the In­dian Navy has an­nounced in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of air­port sur­veil­lance radars (ASR), in­clud­ing a sec­ondary sur­veil­lance radar, for its naval air sta­tions. The ASR will be used to de­tect air­craft and he­li­copters, au­to­mat­i­cally track them, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of co­op­er­a­tive air tar­gets with re­spect to air­craft iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, al­ti­tude etc, and pro­vi­sion of SSR data on the radar dis­play, and weather data to the ATC. The ten­der is expected to be the first in a slew of radar pur­chases expected from the navy in the short term. The navy’s brand new air sta­tion INS Baaz — In­dia’s south­ern­most air sta­tion — at Camp­bell Bay on the Ni­co­bar Is­lands will re­ceive one of these radars. The air sta­tion is cur­rently ca­pa­ble of re­ceiv­ing only trans­port air­craft and he­li­copters, but may in the fu­ture be ex­panded for fighter op­er­a­tions.

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