The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has selected Saab to deploy advanced surface movement guidance and control systems (A-SMGCS) at five airports in India.

The deployment of the technology will help in enhancing situational awareness and runway safety at the Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Guwahati, Jaipur and Lucknow Airports.

Saab will be deploying its A3000 A-SMGCS, Saab multilateration and SR-3 surface movement radars (SMR) at the airports.

The A3000 A-SMGCS will assist in providing air traffic controllers with accurate surveillance of the airports’ runways and taxiways, along with the identification of aircraft by fusing multilateration and SMR surveillance data.

AAI board member V Somasundaram said: "In our continuing focus on upgrading ANS infrastructure to meet the anticipated air traffic growth, AAI has taken up the installation of A-SMGCS at five airports, which will enhance the ground surveillance leading to improved access and enhanced safety of aircraft operations at these airports."

"Saab will deliver to the AAI the latest in modern airport surface safety systems."

The system features safety logic runway incursion detection and alerting algorithms that send advanced warnings of potential runway incursions to controllers.

The A-SMGCS will also include functionality for airport-collaborative decision making initiatives.

Saab’s business unit traffic management head Anders Carp said: "Saab will deliver to the AAI the latest in modern airport surface safety systems that will enable the airport to reduce runway incursions while maximising the use of runways and taxiways.

"The A3000 is a reliable, flexible platform that will use the most proven airport surface surveillance equipment to provide controllers with a clear picture of airport traffic and advanced warnings of potential incursions."

Saab has previously deployed A-SMGCS at Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai Airports and an A-SMGCS, multilateration and SMR at New Delhi Airport.

According to the company, the A3000 is one of the most widely deployed A-SMGCS, in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and north Africa.

Image: The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. Photo: courtesy of Htrapj.