In a huge overhaul to the air navigation and surveillance of India, the government body Airports Authority of India has inked pact with Boeing-a global leader in aviation technology. The AAI has signed a technical assistance agreement with Boeing to develop 10-year communication, navigation and surveillance air traffic management (CNS/ATM) roadmap for India.

The agreement is aimed to develop a roadmap for AAI to use as a strategic guidance tool in the modernisation of India National Airspace System (NAS) based on global and local practices for optimisation of airspace, enhancing communications, efficient navigation, surveillance and air traffic management.

 “The implementation of modern technologies and global practices will allow India to increase its airspace capacity significantly by improving communications, enabling flexible use of airspace and allowing the safe processing of additional flights using air navigation infrastructure for smoother and more efficient skies in India,” said Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India.

Boeing will identify current technologies and processes to identify areas where efficiency improvements can optimization while maintaining a practical and safe airspace system.

As part of the project, Boeing will also work closely with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, airlines operating in India, airport operators and other airspace stakeholders like the US-India Aviation Cooperation Program.