CAA signs contract to replace old radar system at airports

Karachi: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to install new radars in the country in the next 18 months. A contract in this regard for purchasing & installing new radars was signed Monday.

On this occasion, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Deputy Director General Air Vice Marshal Khawar Hussain said that the provision of navigational facilities to airlines was a major source of foreign exchange for the authority. “Installation of the new radars will not only double Pakistan’s air traffic but it will also increase CAA’s revenue”, he added.

The signing ceremony for the purchase & installation of new radar system was held at CAA Headquarter Karachi. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Deputy Director General Air Vice Marshal Khawar Hussain and the Vice President of Spanish company ‘INDRA’ Francisco Navarro signed the contract.

According to the contract of 9.6 million, dollars in the first phase the primary & secondary radars at Jinnah International Airport Karachi & Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore will be replace with the new one. Radars at other locations will also be changed within the next 18 months.

Talking to the media, CAA Deputy Director General Air Vice Marshal Khawar Hussain said that the installation of new radar system will not only improve the quality of coverage and increase the safety of flights but will also double Pakistan’s air traffic. “Changing the current radars will reduce the distance between aircraft, hence accommodating more aircrafts in Pakistan’s air space at one time.

According to CAA Deputy Director General Air Vice Marshal Khawar Hussain in the next three years CAA’s communications, navigation and surveillance system will be completely upgraded. In this regard different projects are underway simultaneously.

The ongoing projects / developments comprise replacement of complete CNS infrastructure including Nationwide Online connectivity, Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC), Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract & Broadcast (ADS-C & ADS-B), Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), Doppler VORs (DVORs), Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and Digital Airport Terminal Information Systems (DATIS).

CAA will not only achieve the targets of international standards but will also attract more business from the aviation sector of the region.

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