Japanese firms to improve airport safety in Myanmar

22 September 2013 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2013 18:30)

Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation has signed agreements with a group of Japanese companies, including Sumitomo, NEC, Toshiba and Morita, for a project to improve airport safety and security across the country.

Fire fighting vehicles

Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation has signed agreements with a group of Japanese companies, including Sumitomo, NEC, Toshiba and Morita, for a project to improve airport safety and security across the country.

This project aims to improve aviation safety at the country's major airports, including Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei.

Work involves the installation of equipment such as Doppler VHF omnidirectional radio range beacons and distance measuring equipment, flight procedure design systems, various aeronautical lights and communication control units, to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.

The project also includes the installation of fire engines, X-ray screening machines and explosive detection devices and other airport security system as necessary.

"This project aims to improve aviation safety at the country's major airports, including Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei."

Sumitomo, the prime contractor for the project, will be responsible for the overall coordination.

NEC will provide Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) for radio measurement of distances between aircraft and aeronautical stations, while NEC Networks & System Integration (NESIC) will develop the relevant systems for radio communications and execute a variety of tasks in building airport / aviation security infrastructure.

Toshiba will supply three major airports, Nyaung U, Heho, and Thandwe, with Doppler VHF omnidirectional radio range (DVOR) beacons, while Morita will provide aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles and equipment for Yangon, Dawei, Nyaung U and Heho airports.

Aviation demand in Myanmar is rising every year in both the number of passengers and the volume of cargo; however, the installation of aviation safety facilities and airport security equipment is severely delayed.

The latest initiative is expected to enhance the country's airports' capacity to handle the growing air traffic in the region.


Image: Morita's aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.