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Antony expresses concern on terror threats via sea route

Defence Minister A K Antony today said that terror threats via sea route were a serious matter of concern.

Daman, May 22 : Defence Minister A K Antony today said that terror threats via sea route were a serious matter of concern.

"The threat from terrorism from seas is proving a real difficult area for the security forces," Antony said on sidelines of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Coastguard Aviation Wing here.

He said that the country's seawaters have become increasingly "dangerous" as militants take the sea route in the wake of tight security along the land borders, adding that sea coasts need more vigilant.

"We have to be more vigilant in the sea coast. There are occasional incidents of piracy, terrorism, robbery, and drug trafficking through our coastlines," he said.

He said that the Centre was planning to boost up real time surveillance along the coastline by installing new sensors, radars and moving air assets into the area.

The Defence Minister admitted that the delay in acquisition of various requirements of armed forces was a serious problem.

He, however, emphasized that the Central Government was committed to faster modernization of armed forces without compromising on transparency and the procedures were being constantly improved to facilitate this.

On modernisation of forces, Antony said that indigenisation was an integral part of the modernization of the forces.

Earlier, he reviewed a ceremonial parade at the Coast Guard Air Station, Daman.

He also gave away the trophy for the best aviation unit, which was jointly awarded to the Kolkata-based No. 700 Squadron flying the Dornier aircraft and the Chetak Flight operating at Port Blair.

ANI

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