National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 08 May 2020
The Ministry of Defence signed contract for Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) of 37 airfields for Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) with M/s TATA Power SED (TPSED) on 8th May 2020 at a cost of nearly Rs 1200 Crore. The proposal has been duly approved by Raksha Mantri Raj Nath Singh.
MAFI Phase-II is a follow-on program based on MAFI Phase-I that included up-gradation of 30 airfields of IAF. The airfields modernised under MAFI Phase-I have been of immense benefit to both military and civil users.
The project is a turnkey project that includes installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipments like Cat-II Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Cat II Air Field Lightning System (AFLS) etc. The modern equipment around the airfield will also be directly connected to Air Traffic Control (ATC), thereby providing excellent control of the airfield systems to the air traffic controllers. The up-gradation of navigational aids and infrastructure under this project would enhance the operational capability by facilitating air operations of military and civil aircrafts even in poor visibility and adverse weather condition while enhancing Aerospace Safety.
The contract will provide impetus to Indian industry in the prevailing situation. The project will give a boost to over 250 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises which will be directly benefited from being involved in execution of various activities of this project. This contract would aid in infusing the much needed capital in the market and boost employment generation in such fields as Communications, Avionics, Information Technology apart from civil and electrical equipments and construction.
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