India issues RFI for amphibious aircrafts

  • 12:00 AM, April 5, 2010
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The Indian Air Force(IAF) is planning to induct amphibious aircraft in its fleet to keep an eye on uninhabited islands and carrying out search and rescue missions over the country's maritime zone. "We are planning to procure six amphibious aircraft for reconnaissance of islands and search and rescue missions," IAF officials said. The process to procure the amphibious aircraft, which can take-off from and land on water, has already been initiated with the issuing of a global Request for Information (RFI) by the Defence Ministry, they added. "We also plan to use the aircraft for inter-island communication and rapid response duties during emergencies such as a tsunami or reaching out to people stranded on islands or ships in the sea," officials said.