MoD signs contract worth Rs 2,890 cr with HAL for MLU of 25 Dornier Aircraft

New Delhi, Mar 15 (UNI) The Ministry of Defence on Friday signed contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) of 25 Dornier Aircraft along with associated equipment for the Indian Navy at a cost of Rs 2,890 crore.

The MLU for Dornier Aircraft includes an upgrade to incorporate state-of-the art Avionics Systems and Primary Role sensors, an official statement said.

The upgrade would significantly enhance the operational capability of the Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy to perform primary roles of maritime surveillance, coastal surveillance, electronic intelligence and development of maritime domain awareness.

Moreover, this upgrade will also enable Indian Navy Dornier to carry out secondary roles of search and rescue, medical and casualty evacuation and communication link.

MLU of 25 Dornier Aircraft is likely to generate an employment of 1.8 Lakh Man- days during its execution span of 6.5 years. The indigenous upgrade entails supply of major systems and equipments from indigenous sources thus significantly contributing towards “Atmanirbharta” in Defence, in consonance with Make-in-India initiative of Government of India.

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