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Airports Authority of India selects SAAB systems for five airports

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will deploy the SAAB surface movement guidance & control systems (A-SMGCS) at five rapidly growing gateways in India.

The system it says will enhance situational awareness and runway safety at each of the airports.

Saab will deploy its A3000 A-SMGCS, Saab multilateration and SR-3 surface movement radars (SMR) to Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Guwahati, Jaipur, and Lucknow.

The A3000 A-SMGCS will fuse multi-lateration and SMR surveillance data to provide air traffic controllers with precise surveillance of the airports’ runways and taxiways, along with the identification of aircraft.

In addition, the A-SMGCS will feature safety logic runway incursion detection and alerting algorithms to provide controllers with advanced warnings of potential runway incursions.

The A-SMGCS will also include functionality for airport-collaborative decision making (A-CDM) initiatives.

Mr. V. Somasundaram, board member air navigation services at AAI, explains: “In our continuing focus on upgrading ANS Infrastructure to meet the anticipated air traffic growth, AAI has taken up the installation of A-SMGCS at five airports which will enhance the ground surveillance leading to improved access and enhanced safety of aircraft operations at these airports.”

Previously, Saab had deployed A-SMGCS to Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai Airports and an A-SMGCS, multi-lateration and SMR to Indira Gandhi New Delhi Airport.

The A3000 is one of the industry’s most widely deployed A-SMGCS, with more than 40 sites around the world.

Anders Carp, head of Saab’s business unit traffic management, says it will deliver AAI the latest in “modern airport surface safety systems” that will enable it to reduce runway incursions, while maximizing the use of runways and taxiways.

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