In a bid to prevent undetected intrusion by monitoring the movement of vessels plying on the Indian coastline, the Indian Coast Guard is set to implement its ambitious static sensors project of the coastal surveillance network (CSN). Union defense minister, AK Antony will inaugurate the project at Porbandar and Mumbai on August 25.
According to an official statement, the static sensors project being steered by the Indian Coast Guard, finds its origin in recommendations made by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on reforming the national security system, post the Kargil conflict.
Following the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, there was an emergent need to strengthen our coastal security apparatus. It was then decided that the Indian Coast Guard would implement this project. Implementation on the mainland and the island territories is slated to be completed by September 2012 and March 2013 respectively.
“The data generated by the static sensors will flow over a robust hierarchical network architecture, connecting coast guard district headquarters and regional headquarters to the coast guard headquarters at New Delhi,” according to the statement.
The contract for this turnkey project was concluded with M/s BEL, Bangalore in September 2011 at a cost of over Rs600 crore. Further, the sensor data generated from this network would be supplemented with the AIS data from the National AIS chain of directorate general of lighthouses and lightships and interfaced with agencies.
According to the statement, the project would aid in enhancing the efficacy of search and rescue (SAR) operations coordinated by the coast guard. The data thus generated would also be shared with other maritime agencies to generate a comprehensive maritime domain awareness (MDA).
The project is the first of its kind both in terms of expanse and strategic implications. Upon completion of phase-I, the second phase will be taken up, wherein 38 additional remote radar sites would be established. 21 sites of the VTMS, Gulf of Kutch and of Khambhat would also be integrated during phase-II.
Costing Rs600 cr, the project originated in recommendations of GoM on reforming national security system post-Kargil conflict and 26/11 terror attacks