India’s first harbour defence system is launched in Kochi

Date: August 01, 2015

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India’s first Harbour Defence System commissioned in Kochi

The first Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) is commissioned in Kochi, is first of its kind system in the country with the purpose of strengthening the coastal security in the western coastline.

Besides Kochi, naval harbours at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Port Blair are slated to be equipped with the system as a force protection measure. The multi-agency Joint Operations Centre (JOC), set up at these places to coordinate coastal security operations, will receive real-time images relayed by these sensors and the command and control of the operations launched in response to threats will vest with the coastal defence Commanders-in-Chief – Flag Officers Commanding-in-Chief of the three naval commands and the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar joint services command.

The project is said to cost around Rs 270 crore, said sources.

prepare iasIntegrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS)-
 - It is designed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
 - It consists of advance sensors, coastal surveillance radars and sound navigation and ranging systems (SONAR).
 - It is capable of detecting, tracking, identifying and generating warning for all types of underwater and surface threats to harbour security.
 - The integrated system can detect presence of divers and under water threats with the help of this automatic system.
 - The system has been contracted by Integrated Headquarters of Union Ministry of Defence in 2012. Henceforth it will operate under the control     of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Kerala).