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India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychelles

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  1. CONNAN

    CONNAN Major ELITE MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: India is going to deploy a naval Dornier-228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychelles for two years to help the country in its EEZ surveillance as well as anti-piracy patrols.

    This constitutes part of India's efforts to provide military aid to Indian Ocean Region (IOR) countries to counter China's inroads into the region. The Dornier's deployment in Seychelles comes after defence minister A K Antony visited the country last year.

    India, incidentally, has also stepped up the visits of its warships to the region to help in anti-piracy operations. All this is "over and above'' the $5 million assistance announced for Seychelles by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    India has taken several steps to build bridges with IOR nations in recent years, which range from joint patrols with Indonesian and Sri Lankan navies and exercises with Singapore and Oman to providing seaward security for international summits in Mozambique.

    Maldives and Seychelles, in particular, constitute an important part of this strategy since China is making persistent moves in the region as part of its military diplomacy.


    Seychelles to get Indian aircraft for anti-piracy patrols - The Times of India
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    Cannot wait to see India getting P-8s, Dornier is probably one of the biggest weakness vs Pakistan in the navy department currently.
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    what surveillance equipment the do 228 carries ??

    plzz dont tell me its just a man peeping out of the window !!!
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    ^ It is equipped with a lot of local systems as it is the ultimately a product of HAL.
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    The Dornier is ideal for its job. The P-8I is for sub hunting/patrol/ELINT/SIGNIT. It is a multimission aircraft.

    Operating huge aircraft like the P-8I for round-the-clock surveillance is not economically feasible. That is where the Dornier comes in.
     
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    No its way more sophisticated than that.The Dornier is configured as a SRMR aircraft and is equipped for that role.

    The Aircraft is fitted with the Israeli Elta EL/M-2022A (V3) airborne maritime surveillance radar. Alan Warnes {Air Forces Monthly fame} reports that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) have integrated the Dorniers into a full day and night imagery gathering concept with a down link to the ground station's intelligence system. The system comprises an Airborne Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilised Payload (AMOSP) on the fuselage in the forward starboard side fairing of the main landing gear. It houses three optical apertures - the larger one is a low light Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera, a second one is an IR camera and the third is for possible fitment of a Laser Range Finder.
    The AMOSP can view targets of up to a range of 25 miles (40 km). Four personnel work in the rear - a Mission Commander, Observer Station Operator for the AMOSP system and two radar system operators. In the cockpit, the pilot has the capability to view the same pictures as the Observer Station on a multi-function display on his instrument panel. The Mission Commander can down-link data to a Ground Data Link Receiver in real time, which would allow the Navy or Coast Guard to take appropriate action. The range of the data link is 100n miles (a little limiting on some maritime patrol missions), and being un-pressurised could be a disadvantage if the aircraft is working against an enemy with surface-to-air missiles and has to stay above 15,000 feet (4572 metres).

    The primary disadvantage of the Dornier is its range (and no AAR). But on the other hand it is operated by both the IN and ICG and can fly from a network of airfields all along the coast. Actually in spite of the limitations of the Dornier it is better suited for policing of potential intruders in fishing boats and dinghies like Pirates etc. than the sophisticated fly-boys, viz. Il-38s, Tu-142s and to some extent the Poseidons. The Dornier and ship launched UAV combination can be a very effective combination.
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    The Dornier is the best surveillance and patrol aircraft in Indian Navy currently versus the P-3C Orion in the Pakistan Navy.
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    Would you like to explain that statement a bit?

    On a side note;
    The IN has the following fixed-wingMR aircraft:
    1. Islanders (only for training)
    2. Dorniers
    3. Il-38
    4. Tu-142

    While PN has:
    1. Fokker F-27
    2. P-3C Orion
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    You win, i forgot about the Il-38/Tu-142, i will add them in the database. :help:
     
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    Re: India going to deploy a naval Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft in Seychel

    No sir. This was not meant to be a win-lose face off. Just thought that it seemed to be an "apples and oranges" comparison. Still, POVs on the above are still welcome.
    :cheers:
     
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