Friday, May 11, 2018

AAI inks Rs 945 crore deal with US firm for air navigation infra

The government-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed a Rs 945 crore deal with the US-based Harris Corporation, which would address the safety and efficiency concerns that lack air navigational infrastructure in the country.

The development will also enhance the regional connectivity by providing remote towers and cut down navigational costs for the airlines and subsequently the fliers.

Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, AAI, said that India’s exponential air traffic growth is creating demand for new aircrafts, air navigation technologies, airport security equipments and infrastructure.

AAI in a statement said that this initiative will upgrade network operations, enhance security, and improve the performance, reliability and quality of India’s air traffic management communications network, while reducing the telecommunication costs.

This communication backbone infrastructure will also play a pivotal role in deployment of remote towers for managing air traffic services at Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) airports. In the long run the implementation of Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network would result in enhanced air traffic safety, increase in airspace capacity by allowing the controllers to reduce the separation limits and accommodating the aircrafts to more economical and environment friendly flight levels thus reducing the overall carbon footprint,” the statement added.

Commenting on the development, Rick Simonian, VP & GM, Harris Electronic Systems, said “The new secure, purpose-built network will meet the demands of India’s rapid aviation growth and lay the foundation for future ATM opportunities for Harris in other geographies with high air traffic growth.”
11/05/18 DNA