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Multimode radar system at Shahjalal airport soon

French company to provide devices for the Tk 851cr project under G-to-G deal
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
Multimode radar system at Shahjalal airport soon

The government will soon set up a Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Air Traffic Management (CNS-ATM) system with a multi-mode radar system at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to modernise and comply with the international standard. The Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) will install Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems under a project of CNS-ATM worth Tk 851 crore under a government-to-government (G to G) deal, sources in the civil aviation ministry said.

The CAAB authorities are going to purchase the highly technical devices from the French company, Thales Technology, without inviting tender, the sources added.

The civil aviation ministry has already prepared a proposal for purchasing the CNS-ATM system from the French firm under the G to G deal and it will be placed at the next meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs, seeking its approval, a senior official of the civil aviation ministry told The Independent.

“The French company will install the system at the international airport after the devices are bought from them,” he said.

“We’ll set up the (CNS-ATM) system as per the guideline of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to comply with the international standard,” he added.

According to the proposal of the civil aviation ministry, Primary Surveillance Radar, Mono Pulse Secondary Surveillance Radar Mode S (MSSR Mode S), Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B), Multi-Lateration (MLAT), ATM Automation, Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), Remote Control Air Ground (RCAG), VHF (TX, RX, Emergency Transceiver),  Voice Communication Control System (VCCS), ATM Telecommunication (AMHS, ATN, AFTN), Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) and Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) will be

installed Under the CNS-ATM project. At the same time, the CAAB authorities will complete a radar building project, set up Air Traffic Control Tower and Air Traffic Management Control Tower at the airport, the proposal added.

 The proposal also says the French company will provide the airport security free of cost.

Earlier, the government took an initiative to implement a radar system management project under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) in 2012.

When the project was placed at the cabinet committee on economic affairs in 2017, the committee advised to implement the important and priority project through a G-to-G deal, sources said.

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the largest international airport of the country, started operations in 1980.

The airport has an area of 1,981 acres and the CAAB operates and maintains the airport. This is also the hub of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines and also of private airlines.  

The annual passenger handling capacity of the airport is 18.5 million passengers and the average aircraft movement per day is around 190 flights.

 

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