First harbour defence system of the country commissioned

Friday, Jul 31, 2015,21:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | The Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS), a state-of-art system for defence of Kochi Naval Harbour, was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command here today.
This system, first of its kind in the country, was a part of Navy’s initiative to strengthen security of the coastline, a release said.
The automatic system was capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warning for all types of surface and underwater threats to harbour security, it said adding that it had been designed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) ‘ELTA’ of Israel and consists of Advanced Coastal Surveillance Radars, Electro-optic sensors and SONAR (sound navigation and ranging) for detecting presence of divers and other underwater threats to security.
It was fitted in over 150 locations across the world, in Africa, South America, Caribbean and Mediterranean countries, it added.
Post 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Indian Navy was tasked with ensuring the securing of country’s vast coastline of 7516 kms, covering nine coastal States and four Union Territories.
The Commanders-in-Chief of the three Naval Commands of the country were designated as C-in-C Coastal Security. The task involved coordination with other stakeholders like Coast Guard, Marine Police, Fisheries etc. The setting up of the Sagar Prahari Bal, availability of Fast Interceptor craft (FICs) and commissioning of the IUHDSS formed part of the naval efforts to beef up security of its own harbours.
The system was contracted by Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (IHQ-MoD) in 2012. Kochi is the first harbour to be fitted with this system. Later, this is envisaged in other parts also. The system will operate under the control of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Kerala), it added.