‘On Completion, The IACCS Will Cover The Entire National Air Space’
 Vice chief of air staff, Air Marshal D.C. Kumaria

 Vice chief of air staff, Air Marshal D.C. Kumaria
What is the latest on Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI)? What are its features? How many airfields will be covered and which global companies will assist the Indian Air Force in this project?
MAFI is a turnkey project awarded to M/s Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) to modernise navigational aids at 30 IAF airfields in the first phase. The remaining IAF airfields and those belonging to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard will be factored in in the second phase. The project consists of three types of works: modernisation of the airfields; supply of mobile equipment and creation of a training facility at an IAF base. All the navigational aids have to be integrated into the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system for control and monitoring. Civil works to house the systems and a power and data grid will be a part of the integration process. The works services and installation of equipment are in progress and are likely to be completed by year end at the model base.

Tata Power (SED) is working on the MAFI project as lead Indian consortium with other domestic and foreign technology partners supporting as sub-contractors in order to fulfil the multi-disciplinary requirements of the project. Foreign suppliers include major global vendors such as Raytheon, USA; Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, Norway; Moog Fernau, UK; MTech Systems, Australia; Terma, Denmark and IDMAN, Finland.

What is the status on Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) from Ladakh to the Northeast? How many exist now and how many disused ALGs have been activated? How many are planned to come by end of the 12th defence plan (2012-2017)?
There are many ALGs in the region between Ladakh to the Northeast. These are variously under the control of the IAF, Indian Army and the state governments. The disused/abandoned ALGs are being maintained presently by ‘Care and Maintenance’ units. Activation is carried out for conduct of IAF operations, as and when planned, by temporarily installing the required infrastructure. Towards this, mobile Air Traffic Control towers and mobile airfield lighting systems are being procured in the MAFI project. These will be utilised at ‘disused’ airfields during activation to adequately meet the operational requirements.

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