March 31, 2014

Indian Air Force upgrades first air base near Pakistan under Modernization of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) project

Pilot project for Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) was commissioned at Air Force Station Bhisiana (Bhatinda) by Air Marshal RK Sharma.

IAF’s MAFI project involves modernising operationally important airfields to let the aircraft operate in almost all weather and visibility conditions.

Tata Power (SED) in consotium with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman – US, Park Air Systems, Norway; Moog Fernau, UK; MTech Systems, Australia; Terma, Denmark and IDMAN, Finland are working on MAFI project as per a contract signed in Mar 2011 to modernize thirty operationally important Indian Air Force airfields. 

The MAFI project includes installation and integration of CAT II Instrument Landing System (ILS), CAT II Air Field Lighting System, Automated Air Traffic Management System, Distance Measuring Equipments (High and Low Power), Doppler VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range (DVOR), Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) and associated infrastructure. In this project, all the navigational aids will be of international standards meeting the ICAO specifications. The up-gradation of navigational aids and infrastructure under the MAFI project would enhance the operational capability by facilitating air operations of military and civil aircraft even in poor visibility conditions/adverse weather while enhancing Aerospace Safety.

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