by Staff Writers
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Jul 07, 2011
Northrop Grumman's Europe-based air traffic management subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems is providing a range of navigation equipment including Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and Doppler VHF Omni-directional Range Systems (DVOR) for air bases in India as part of the Indian air force's Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) project.
Under the contract awarded by The Tata Power Company Limited, Strategic Electronics Division (Tata Power SED), Northrop Grumman will supply 30 NORMARC 7000 ILS and 31 NORMARC DVOR systems with deliveries to be completed in 42 months.
This is the first phase of the MAFI India project. The current contract provides an option for a second phase of the programme for modernising a further 30 airfields operated by the Indian armed forces.
"The MAFI-I contract, won against a global tender of the defence ministry, is a watershed moment, not only for us, but also for increasing private sector participation in the Indian defence sector," said Tata Power SED chief executive officer Rahul Chaudhry.
The project is being implemented by the Indian air force to ensure its air fields are capable of handling all types of aircraft operated by the air force at all times, including modern jet fighters and military transport aircraft currently being acquired.
When completed, the project will provide the airfields with modern air traffic management, navigation and landing systems, and meteorological and communications facilities.
"This significant contract recognises NORMARC as the industry benchmark for ground-based navigational aids, and will double the size of our installed NORMARC ILS base in India," said Eldar Hauge, managing director of Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in Norway.
"We are certain that the collaboration with Tata Power SED and their other subcontractors will result in provision of world-class airfields to the Indian air force."
With a 50-year legacy in air traffic management systems ranging from individual airport installations to countrywide, multiple-site turnkey integrated system solutions, Northrop Grumman's state-of-the-art air traffic management systems are operationally controlling air traffic in numerous countries around the world including recent major programmes in: Norway, Canada, France, UAE, U.S. and the U.K.
Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, based in Oslo and Horten, Norway, and in Peterborough, U.K., supplies air traffic management systems for air-space operations worldwide
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