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India Upgrades Aircraft Recovery Capabilities of Island Command 

The Indian military has upgraded its strategically important Andaman and Nicobar Command to recover fixed-wing aircraft in low visibility conditions.

A precision approach radar installed at a command naval air station will provide vertical and horizontal guidance to landing aircraft, according to the Indian Navy.

“This facility will enable highly accurate horizontal and vertical guidance to land an aircraft safely in low visibility conditions, such as heavy rain and fog,” the navy stated.

Chennai-based Data Patterns built the indigenous radar after being awarded a contract in 2019, according to Janes.

Marine Surveillance Capability

Additionally, the command has been equipped with underwater surveillance systems at Naval Jetty, Port Blair, and the Naval Communication Network Centres.

“The Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System is capable of detecting, identifying and tracking surface and underwater targets in the vicinity of Naval Jetty thereby enhancing security of Port Blair harbor,” the navy said.

Situated on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, the command enables rapid deployment of military assets in Southeast Asia and the Strait of Malacca.

It also provides logistical and administrative support to naval ships deployed in East Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

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