Thursday, July 7, 2011

Northrop Grumman wins order for Navigation Equipment

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
July 7, 2011
Time:2:45am IST

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Europe-based air traffic management subsidiary, Park Air Systems will provide 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 first phase of the Indian air force's Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) project.  

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.

The contract awarded by Tata Power Company, Strategic Electronics Division (Tata Power SED), Northrop Grumman will supply 30 NORMARC 7000 ILS and 31 NORMARC DVOR systems. Deliveries are to be completed in 42 months. 

The current contract provides an option for a second phase of the program for modernizing 30 more airfields. 
"The MAFI-I contract, won against a global tender of the defense ministry, is a watershed moment, not only for us, but also for increasing private sector participation in the Indian defense sector," said Tata Power SED chief executive officer Rahul Chaudhry.

"This significant contract recognizes 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. 

Northrop Grumman's air traffic management systems are operationally controlling air traffic in numerous countries around the world including recent major programs in Norway, Canada, France, UAE, U.S. and the U.K.

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