Towards enhancing the operational capability and effective presence in the coastal regions of West Bengal and Odisha, the Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday, inducted a new Dornier aircraft with state-of-art sensors and equipment into its fleet in Kolkata.
Commander Coast Guard Region (North East), Inspector General KC Pande formally inducted the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) built aircraft at a function at the Coast Guard Air Enclave in Dumdum.
The aircraft is third of the series of 12 Dornier aircraft and is equipped with advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors, and equipment.
The aircraft can be configured into various roles such as pollution response, search and rescue, maritime reconnaissance and armament for meeting Coast Guard charter of duties including coastal security.
The induction is part of ongoing expansion plan of Coast Guard to strengthen its fleet.
The aircraft was accepted and ferried from HAL’s Kanpur Division by a team led by DIG AK Pokhariyal, Squadron Commander, 700 Squadron (CG).