Chandigarh, June 26 (KMS): The Indian Air Force (IAF), in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is developing a real-time aircraft tracking system (RTATS) that will be modernized in its fleet transport.
The technical specifications of the system were developed by ISRO and the development and manufacture of prototypes would be carried out by industry. Testing and evaluation would be carried out by the IAF on AN-32 aircraft at one of its bases.
RTATS shall be compatible with the Global Navigation Satellite System of India’s GAGAN Regional Satellite Navigation System and Indian Constellation Navigation (NavIC), as well as the US Global Positioning System, using at both standard and restricted positioning services.
GAGAN was designed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for the management and surveillance of Indian airspace, while NavIC has a larger footprint, covering South Asia, South East Asia, China, the Middle East, Southwestern Europe and the Indian Ocean region, including the eastern coast of Africa and Western Australia. These two systems were developed by ISRO.
The IAF is also equipping some of its larger transport aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a next-generation highly accurate satellite-based aircraft tracking and tracking system that is already in use. become mandatory in some countries. .
Real-time tracking using ADS-B and other open source information is also available to aviation enthusiasts and the general public through numerous websites and mobile apps. These give the flight path, location, speed and altitude of an aircraft. Although primarily focused on civilian aircraft, some military aircraft are also appearing on these applications.