Saturday, October 17, 2009

IAF gets ILS to tackle foggy winters

CHANDIGARH: Anticipating thick fog during the coming winter months, the Indian Air Force has decided to install a new instrument landing system (ILS) of category-II at Air Force station, Chandigarh, which is the base for all major transport aircraft like AN-32 and IL-76. Empowering flights to land under adverse weather conditions, the advanced navigation aid will come in handy for civil airplanes as well because the runway here is currently controlled by the defence wing.

Giving details of the new acquisition, defence spokesperson of the Western Command said, ‘The instrument will be installed under Air Force’s upgradation programme. Important centres like Leh already have the latest system and Chandigarh station will also be able to boast of it by early next year.’

Stating that military and paramilitary troops deployed in Leh and forward areas of Srinagar were all transported by aircraft from this airbase, the spokesperson added, ‘The category-II ILS will permit operations down to 100-foot decision height and visibility as low as 1,200 feet.’

Even as there are around 10 regular civil flights from Chandigarh to various places, landing during winters has always been a problem, with the existing category-I ILS not only remaining non-functional but having a landing capability of 2,600-foot visibility only.

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