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India : INDIA plans to offer its new Gagan System to the nations in SOUTH ASIA

August 21, 2014

The Central Government wants to use its new Gagan (GPS-aided geo augmented navigation) system to produce funds and exhibit India's capacity in next generation navigation and surveillance technologies.

The Government aims to execute this plan via selling the same to the Southeast Asian nations.

Gagan, a satellite-based augmentation system, facilitates aircraft s navigation process using GPS, normally installed in passenger cars. It gives free better satellite navigation signals over India, precision of which is tenfold of the GPS.

Equipped with sophisticated aspects, Gagan is able to offer more precise, reliable and stable navigation services covering a range of applications in the civil aviation sector by the use of data acquired from satellites in place of ground-based radar tracking systems.

A Senior AAI official said, "Currently AAI is working on show casing the technology to interested parties. The government is also in favour of sharing the new technology that can also be used in non-aviation sectors."

"The possible users might come from the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). There are also plans to provide global navigation services by clubbing Gagan's capabilities with that of the US Global Positioning System (GPS), Russian GLONASS, European Galileo, Chinese Compass, Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System."

Recently MoS (Civil Aviation) G.M. Siddeshwara updated the Parliament that "to promote the usage of Gangan in the non-avaition sector, AAI and the Indian Space Research Organisation have organised two user meets".

There are two satellites (GSAT8 and GSAT 10) in the space section of the system, which has been procured from ISRO for Rs.774-cr ($127m). Bangalore-based Indian Master Control Centre controls the systems.

Country Director & Senior Executive India at Raytheon - Nikhil Khanna stated, "As part of our long-standing involvement in the US-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), we are currently identifying new ways to collaborate with our Indian and US government partners in innovative ways to further support India in expanding its Gagan system, extending its coverage over greater areas, possibly in the neighboring region."

"We believe this supports India's economic and foreign policy objectives, while showcasing India as an aviation technology leader in the ASEAN region. It also provides potential revenue generation opportunities for the government of India.

"Gagan's job is to provide GPS-based location of the aircraft to pilots, thereby saving fuel. The system can also provide real-time satellite-based location to ground handlers," stated a senior official of the AAI unit - CNS.

"Gagan can work in various phases of the aircraft's flight from takeoff, cruising and landing. This system then can be used to pinpoint the exact location of the aircraft even if a crash has occurred."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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