BEL, AAI have entered into an agreement; develop indigenous air traffic management systems

Hyderabad: As part of a major push towards its own diversification into non-defense and the government’s ‘Make in India’ program, Navratna Defense PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Airports Authority of India (AAI), under its R&D initiative, at Wings India-2022, has reached an agreement for the joint and national development of air traffic management and aircraft surface movement systems at the country’s airports which were hitherto imported.

Under this agreement, BEL and AAI will jointly develop a civil air traffic management system (ATMS) with an advanced surface movement guidance and control system (ASMGCS), a complex ground surveillance system that manages traffic airlines at airports and in Indian civil airspace for safe operation. flights from take-off to landing.

The agreement was signed by Mr. MV Raja Sekhar, Director (R&D), BEL, and Mr. M Suresh, Member (ANS), on behalf of BEL and AAI, respectively, in the presence of Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, President AAI, at Wings India – 2022 in Hyderabad today.

The dual purpose of air traffic control is to provide safety, maintain separation between multiple aircraft, and efficiently manage operations at the airport and in Indian airspace. ASMGCS provides routing, guidance and surveillance services to aircraft and vehicles, on the ground, to maintain safe surface movement in all weather conditions at the airport.

The purpose of ATMS with ASMGCS is to provide the air traffic controller with a complete air traffic picture of the coverage area while interacting with primary/secondary radar, automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B), system multilateration (MLAT), and navigation equipment such as GPS, Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Very High Frequency Omni Range Doppler (DVOR). It also interfaces with several subsystems, including the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network (AFTN), Airport Operational Database (AODB), Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM), and Centralized Aircraft Management System. air traffic flow (CATFM). The system is used in congested airports and airspaces to service a large volume of air traffic, including military flights.

The system includes several in-house developed technologies, such as situation display for the air traffic controller, surveillance data processing (SDP), flight data processing (FDP), safety net and decision support (SNET), control and monitoring display (CMD), advanced ASMGCS, etc. It helps increase capacity with improved safety by reducing controller workload, improving air traffic flow and minimizing flight delays. Improved system reliability and availability are provided by a redundant and distributed architecture, protecting ATM operations.

Mr. MV Raja Sekhar, Director (R&D) of BEL, said after the signing of the agreement: “BEL is constantly striving to expand its range of solutions for various non-defence business segments. This agreement with AAI is a major step towards the Indian government’s “Make in India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” missions. The agreement aims to leverage the complementary strengths and capabilities of BEL and AAI and enable both to seize opportunities for modernizing the airport.

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, President of AAI, said, “AAI is committed to providing safe and efficient air navigation services in Indian airspace/airports, improving capacity and offering cost-effective and respectful services. environment to its customers. AAI regularly upgrades the ATM system at airports in line with changing global service standards. This agreement is in line with AAI’s R&D policy to upgrade its ANS infrastructure in a systematic, efficient and cost-effective manner and in line with the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” missions of the Government of India. This will reduce AAI’s foreign dependence for the acquisition of ANS infrastructure. I hope this opens a new chapter of collaboration in the Indian aviation industry.

About the IAA

The AAI, a statutory body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, manages 137 airports, including 24 international airports (including three international civil enclaves), 10 customs airports (including four customs civil enclaves), 80 national airports and 23 national civil enclaves at Defense Aerodromes. AAI is responsible for providing air traffic management services over the entire Indian civil airspace and adjacent ocean areas with state-of-the-art technology which includes ground facilities at all airports and other locations to ensure safety air operations.

About BEL

BEL is a multi-product, multi-technology and multi-unit conglomerate with products in the fields of radars, missile systems, military communications, naval systems, electronic warfare and avionics, C4I systems , electro-optics, tank electronics and gun/weapon system. Upgrades and Electronic Rockets in the Defense segment. BEL’s non-defence business includes areas such as Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Homeland Security and Smart Cities, Air Traffic Controller Radars, Solar Power, Satellite Integration and space electronics, railways, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, software as a service, energy storage products, in addition to composite shelters and masts.


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