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AAI signs pact with Boeing to modernise India’s Air Traffic Management

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a technical assistance agreement with Boeing to develop and modernise India’s Air Traffic Management.

Key Highlights

  • Roadmap: Aerospace major Boeing entered into a technical assistance pact with AAI to jointly develop a comprehensive 10-year roadmap for modernising air traffic management in India. It is expected to be developed within 1.5 years (18 months).
  • The roadmap will be undertaken with a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
  • The roadmap so developed by Boeing will be used as guidance in the modernisation of the Indian National Airspace System (NAS). It will be based on global and local best practices of optimally utilising airspace capacity, enhancing communications and also investing in surveillance, navigation and air traffic management.
  • Boeing will also analyse current technologies and processes to identify efficiency improvements that can be implemented in project undertaken at the same time maintaining a practical and safe airspace system.
  • Collaboration: As part of the project Boeing will work closely with Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Indian aviation regulator), airlines operating in India, airport operators and other airspace stakeholders like US-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP).
  • Significance: Airports Authority of India (AAI) owns and manages around 125 airports across India thus implementation of modern technologies and adoption of global practices will allow India to increase its airspace capacity significantly. It will improve communications, enable flexible use of airspace in country and will also allow safe processing of additional flights using air navigation infrastructure for more efficient skies in India.

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IAF inducts four Chinook heavy-lift Helicopters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally inducted the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters made in the US. The Chinook helicopters ordered from Boeing in September 2015, were commissioned into the IAF’s 126 Helicopter Unit.

Chinook Helicopters

Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, twin-engine, tandem rotor which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. Chinook would be deployed for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.

The advanced multi-mission helicopter Chinook will provide the Indian armed forces with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. Chinook helicopters can carry out military operations during the night too.

Chinook helicopter gives India a tremendous capability, primarily in the inter-valley troop transfer since it eases the inter-valley troop transfer to take acclimatized troops from one valley to another valley.

Chinook helicopters will give the IAF quantum leap in terms of ability to transport cargo to precarious high altitude locations.

Month: Categories: Defence & SecurityUPSC

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