Kolkata airport to get new radar system

The Kolkata city airport at DumDum will get an advanced radar system within six months to streamline the movement of aircraft. The hi-tech, powerful ground radar is known as the Advance Surface Movement Guidance and Control System.

Costing Rs40 crore, the system will guide aircraft through the maze of traffic in the apron area, said Airport Authority of India (AAI) regional executive director (east) SPS Bakshi. He explained that the radar system was part of the development project for the airport.

The airport already has a category II instrument landing system that allows better navigation in the air during adverse weather conditions. As flight operations increase, so do ground movements.

Apart from aircraft, there are other vehicles constantly on the move to service flights. The new low-range, high-intensity ground radar can track aircraft movements between the runway and parking bay.