Last Updated: 10/09/2012*

Helping to increase safety in the crowded airspace of the world’s second most populous nation, Raytheon is partnering with India to construct the most advanced air navigation system on Earth, William Blair, Raytheon president for India, said at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Associations in New Delhi in mid-September.

The company is building the ground stations for the GPS-aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation System, expected next year to start providing satellite-based guidance for civil aviation over Indian airspace and adjoining areas in south and east Asia. The Indian Space Research Association and the Airports Authority of India are supplying the space segment and additional ground equipment and will integrate and operate the system.

“GAGAN will be the world’s most advanced air navigation system, further reinforcing India’s leadership at the forefront of air navigation,” Blair said. “The system will greatly improve safety, reduce congestion and enhance communications to meet India’s growing air traffic management needs.” Raytheon was a major sponsor of the meeting.

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