The Ministry of Defence entered into a contract with Mahindra Telephonics on 3rd June as per the official statement. This contract is to purchase 11 airport surveillance radars for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard’. The installation of these radars will strengthen air domain awareness within the airfields and improve safety and efficiency in the Navy’s flying operations and Coast Guard was also mentioned in the report.
When multiple aircraft are nearby in a single area of airspace, these 11 monopulse secondary surveillance radars are far more precise than conventional ones. “The procurement will be made under the ‘Buy and Make’ category for Rs 323.47 crore,” the Defence Ministry claimed in a statement.
Within the ‘Buy and Make’ category of defense procurement, initial equipment purchases from a foreign company are permitted. It can be accompanied by indigenous production via an Indian company in a phased manner. It should involve the ‘Transfer of Technology’ of critical technologies based on “specified range, depth, and scope.”
According to the Ministry of Defence, this contract between them and Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems Limited is a milestone of the Central government toward the ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ (self-reliant India campaign) and for the objectives outlined in it. It has been further stated that this contract will enable utilization of technology, skill development, indigenous manufacturing, and will create job opportunities.