Under its R&D initiative, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has entered into an agreement with Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the joint, indigenous development of systems for air traffic management that were previously imported, giving a major boost to the government’s “Make in India” initiative.
In the presence of Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman AAI, M Suresh, Member (ANS), AAI, and other senior officials from AAI and BEL, the agreement was signed today at Wings India 2022 in Hyderabad by B K Sarkar, ED (ATM-ATFM) from AAI and MV Raja Sekhar, Director (R&D) from BEL.
BEL and AAI will collaborate to develop a Civil Air Traffic Management System (ATMS) with Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (ASMGCS), a complex ground surveillance system that manages air traffic at airports and in Indian Civil Airspace for the safe operation of flights from take-off to landing, as part of this agreement.
“AAI is committed to safe and efficient Air Navigation Services across Indian airspace/airports, improving capacity and providing cost-effective and environmentally friendly services to its clients,” Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman AAI, stated.
AAI improves the ATM system at airports on a regular basis to keep up with changing worldwide service requirements.”
Following the signing of the agreement, BEL’s Director (R&D), MV Rajasekhar, stated that the company has worked hard to broaden its range of solutions for non-defense business categories.
“The partnership aims to take advantage of BEL and AAI’s complementary strengths and skills, allowing both to meet airport modernisation prospects,” he stated.
Air traffic control has two purposes: to ensure safety, maintain separation between various aircraft, and handle operations at the airport and in Indian airspace efficiently.
ASMGCS offers aircraft and vehicles on the ground with routing, guiding, and surveillance services in order to maintain safe surface movement in all weather situations.
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