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AAI integrates radar network to improve surveillance
Published on 12 Jun. 2011 11:30 PM IST
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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is integrating its radar network to improve the surveillance of flights and reduce delays.
The radar integration would change the way air traffic is handled in India, since controllers in key airports such as Chennai, Delhi or Mumbai would now also be able to track flights which do not pass through their region.
Currently, air traffic in India is controlled by area control radars in twelve cities. According to data by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, there were over 5.2 lakh domestic and international departures by Indian carriers alone in 2009-10.
New radars are being added in Porbandar, Bhopal, Vishakhapatnam, Bellary (Karnataka), Jharsuguda (Orissa) and Katihar (Bihar) this year and these would be integrated with area control centres. This would improve radar coverage in the country. Tenders have been invited to install radars at Kochi and Amritsar as well. In South India, the integration process is already underway, and the process would be completed in three months.
The addition of radars is significant, since there are certain blind spots in the country where there is nil or minimal radar coverage.
It would improve surveillance and increase the flight handling capacity of the air traffic control centres. This would also reduce delays.

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