India to Deploy Space-Based Air Traffic Surveillance Service
Friday, July 26, 2019 | Comments

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a contract to implement Aireon's air traffic surveillance service in Mumbai’s, Chennai’s and Kolkata's oceanic air spaces. These regions are located in the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean and represent more than 6 million square kilometers. The goal is to deploy space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by the end of 2019.

The agreement will provide AAI coverage of all ADS-B OUT 1.09 GHz-equipped oceanic air traffic, ensuring one of the densest oceanic air spaces in the world has access to tools to enhance safety and efficiency and accommodate double-digit growth, year over year. Beyond those benefits, real-time air traffic surveillance over the busy routes between South East Asia, India, the Middle East and Europe and beyond will significantly increase efficiency and improve transitions between oceanic and domestic airspace.

"The decision to implement Aireon's technology is not only a major step in improving safety and enhancing capacity for our flying public, but also ensures that as one of the globe's fastest growing markets, we are planning for our continued growth," said Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, AAI. "AAI will be the first air navigation service provider in the region to implement a technological initiative, on this scale, and offer enhanced air traffic surveillance services to its users."

India has become the third-largest aviation market in the world with a rate of sustained double-digit growth for the past 50 months. Forecasts suggest that the growth will continue, and Indian air space is going to experience an imminent need for additional capacity.

The AAI contract comes three months after the Aireon service went live in April. India will join 26 other countries that are actively deploying Aireon's space-based ADS-B for air traffic surveillance.

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