UDAN Current Affairs - 2019
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Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur has been commissioned as INS Kohassa. It is a step forward in enhancing the operational capability of Andaman and Nicobar Command. NAS Shibpur was commissioned as INS Kohassa by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba.
INS Kohassa will be India’s fourth air base and the third naval air facility in the Andaman and Nicobar region that overlooks key sea lanes of communication and strategic points with more than 60,000 commercial vessels passing through each year.
The other two Naval Air Bases in the Andaman and Nicobar region are INS Utkrosh at Port Blair and INS Baaz at Campbell Bay. INS Kohassa is named after White-Bellied Sea Eagle, which is a large bird of prey endemic to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
INS Kohassa will also function as a base for joint operation of both military and civil aircraft in keeping with the UDAN scheme of the government. The airbase will be able to handle Helicopter and Dornier Aircraft at present and after expansion the facility would enable the operation of bigger civil and defence aircraft
The Swedish aerospace and defence company (Saab) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore air traffic management (ATM) solutions for airports operating under the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.
Air traffic management is an aviation term comprising of all systems which aid the aircraft to depart from an aerodrome, transit airspace, and land at a destination aerodrome, including Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airspace Management (ASM), and Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM).
The AAI looks to benefit from the portfolio of Saab ranging from Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) and Surface Movement Radar (SR- 3) to Remote Towers which can be deployed at all types of airports.
About the agreement
The Saab and AAI will look to:
- Develop a pan-Indian ATM Automation System for airports under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme.
- Both will jointly explore potential avenues for co-operation for ATM solutions in India.
Saab ATM solutions have already been deployed at 11 airports in India and they can support single and multiple runway airfields, as well as remote operations and deployable systems.