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When there is talk of increasing the density of air traffic in the country, it not just about increasing the number of airports. The air traffic management is perhaps among the most vital aspect of aviation sector as the traffic gets more dense. Gagan, or the GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation, which has three satellites as part of the system, allows for better air traffic management. That’s where Raytheon has come into the picture with its air traffic management system.
Tata Power Strategic Electronic Systems (Tata Power SED) had won the contract to modernise the air traffic management system of the Indian airspace. Now, the project is being implemented by Raytheon which won a $23.2 million contract from the Tata Power SED for a project that involves the modernisation of its Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) which will enable handling of all types of modern transport and combat jets round-the-clock.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are providing the space segment, additional ground equipment, as well as participating in the integration and operating the system. About 65 per cent of AAI’s revenues are said to come from overflights. “The system allows for a greater number of flights to operate in an airspace,” said William Blair, President-Asia, Raytheon. This would translate into greater revenues for AAI.