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IAF to deploy radar for Taj Mahal security

india Updated: Nov 02, 2008 14:36 IST
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Taj Mahal will get a watchful eye right over its dome to keep a tab on possible aerial attacks to the 17th century monument of love.

IAF will deploy its newly-acquired Aerostat radar for strengthening the security cover over Taj Mahal in Agra from the third dimension to ward off any threat from aerial platforms similar to 9/11 WTC twin tower attacks.

"We are planning to deploy an Aerostat radar specifically for providing aerial security coverage to the Taj Mahal," a senior IAF officer told PTI here today.

Aerostat radars are early warning and control phased-array radars mounted on balloons, tethered to the ground and designed to detect hostile approaching aircraft from afar, especially when they fly at low altitudes.

IAF plans to put one of these radars in its inventory over Agra, as it found that the present assets in place for Taj Mahal's aerial security were inadequate to tackle threat from low-flying aircraft.

Such straying civilian aircraft were used by terror mastermind Osama bin Laden's men to bring down the twin WTC towers in New York on September 11, 2001, an event which led to the US' "War on Terror" campaign in Afghanistan.

The Lankan guerrilla group LTTE's newly-acquired air capabilities that have attacked the island nation's airbases have also made India wake up to aerial threats from non-state actors to its vital installations and infrastructure.