New Delhi: With Indian airspace getting crowded due to the boom in aviation sector, Lockheed Martin, the US maker of the famous F-16 fighter jets has offered to operate its latest navigation system in Mumbai on experimental basis to showcase its technological prowess in the country.
“We are offering an adaptation of Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) system for implementation in Mumbai in the next six months,” Judy Marks, President of Lockheed Martin’s ransportation and Security Solution division, told PTI in an interview here.
The satellite-based ATOP became operational only in March at Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center in Alaska. It provides safe separation of aircraft in oceans and other areas that are outside radar coverage or radio communication.
The system also detects conflicts between aircraft, provides satellite data link communication and information to air traffic controllers (ATCs), providing them the flexibility to provide direct fuel-efficient air tracks over long oceanic routes as well as large land mass.
Such new generation technologies, she said, would help “increase the capacity of our (US) National Airspace System by three-fold over the next two decades”.
Pointing out that Indian carriers such as Air India had placed large aircraft orders with Boeing, Marks said her company had formed a strategic alliance with the US aircraft manufacturer to have aircraft systems, avionics, simulation and trans-oceanic communication equipment placed in the planes produced by them.