September 20, 2017
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Fresh approach
Airfield infrastructure and dual operations

Since many of the Indian airfields are of dual civil-military facilities it would be natural to assume that if anything interferes with the operation of civil aircraft the same would apply to military aircraft as well. Though the latter are by and large “all weather” flying platforms they may be able to take off from a smog-bound airfield but getting back could become a problem without adequate instrument landing systems below.

India has been in the process of modernizing its airfield infrastructure, be it its runways or its instrument landing systems for quite some time now to avoid any such complications.

Early this year the Directorate General of Civil Aviation certified the Indian Space Research Organisation developed GPS-aided, geo-augmented navigation (GAGAN) system to enable Indian aviation to be integrated with the existing European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and Multi-functional Satellite Augmented System (MSAS) of Japan and offer a seamless and continuous navigation facility to the Indian and international
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