Defence News India: India’s defence ministry Friday signed a $160 million (Rs 1,200 crore) contract with Tata Power SED (TPSED) for the modernisation of military infrastructure in the country. The contract, which is the second phase of the programme, will cover 37 airfields of Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
The modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) programme will be executed on a turnkey basis, which will also include the installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipment.
“The airfields modernised under MAFI Phase-I have been of immense benefit to both military and civil users,” Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The MAFI Phase-II is a follow-on programme based on MAFI Phase-I that included upgradation of 30 airfields of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The airfields modernised under MAFI Phase-I have been of immense benefit to both military and civil users.
The Phase-II equipment upgrade includes installation and commissioning of Cat-II Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Cat II Air Field Lightning System (AFLS).
Defence ministry said the modern equipment around the airfields will also be directly connected to Air Traffic Control (ATC), thereby providing excellent control of the airfield systems to the air traffic controllers.
The upgradation of navigational aids and infrastructure under this project would enhance the operational capability by facilitating air operations of military and civil aircraft even in poor visibility and adverse weather condition, while enhancing aerospace safety, said the ministry.
The contract will provide impetus to the domestic aerospace and defence industry in the prevailing situation.
The project will give a boost to over 250 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which will be directly benefited from being involved in execution of various activities of this project.
The contract would help 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 equipment and construction.
About Tata Power SED
Tata Power Company Limited through its Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) has been active in the field of indigenous design, development, production, integration, supply of defence systems of strategic importance.
Tata Power SED is executing orders for Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher, Akash Army Launcher and Integrated EW System for the Indian Army and for the Akash Air Force Launcher, COTS-based Automatic Data Handling System for Air Defence and Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) for the Indian Air Force.
Tata Power SED is also engaged in executing orders for 155/52 mm Mounted Gun System.