Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED), defence business arm of Tata Power Ltd. signed a contract for Rs 1,200 crore with Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India for modernization of infrastructure of 37 Airfields of Indian Airforce, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. The proposal of the project was approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The contract was signed on 8th May 2020 in New Delhi.
The Airfield Modernisation Project
The contract of the project involves supply, installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipment like Cat II Instrument Landing System and Cat II Airfield Lightning System.
Also, the scope covers supply, installation and commissioning of other navigational aids and air traffic management system along with creating of required civil and electrical Infrastructure. The contract is on a turnkey basis with a four year time-line for execution.
Background to the current Airfield Modernisation Contract
Earlier in 2011, Tata SED had successfully executed a contract for modernisation of 30 Airfields which was Phase -I program on Modernisation of AirField Infrastructure (MAFI). This is MAFI phase -II follow up programm for addition 37 Airfields.
The equipment will be directly connected to Air Traffic Control (ATC), which means it shall provide excellent control of the airfield systems to air traffic controllers. Also, it shall help in increasing aerospace safety and operational capability.
In a press release of Press Information Bureau by Ministry of Defence dtd 8th May 2020 it was stated, “The project will give a boost to over 250 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises which will be directly benefited from being involved in the execution of various activities of this project”