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Navi Mumbai to utilise ADB Safegate’s cutting edge airfield lighting technology

ADB SAFEGATE is to install its Airfield 4.0 lighting technology at Mumbai’s Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).

The cutting-edge airfield lighting solution readies the greenfield airfield for Level 4 Advanced Surface Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) integration, which will allow advanced routing and guidance along with Follow the Greens technology in the future.

Phase 1 construction of the airport is on target to be completed by the end of 2024 when it will be equipped to handle around 20 million passengers per annum. Its sizeable capaciity is expected to help ease congestion at Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, which is currently one of the busiest single-runway airports in the world.

Decades in the making, the new airport airport will be developed and operated by the Adani Group, and once open will offiically be called DB Patil International Airport.

Located on a 1,160 hectare site, the airport will feature two runways and three terminals spread out in a lotus shape, the national flower of India.

Aziz Cakir, ADB SAFEGATE’s vice president for the Middle East & Africa, has no doubt that the new Airfield 4.0 lighting system and capabilities delivered by ADB SAEGATE, under the EPC contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T), will ensure the airport is ready for full future integrations in safety and efficiency.

He said: “These latest airfield technologies will allow NMIA to meet its goal of operating their A-SMGCS at Level 4, the highest level of implementation based on complexity and traffic density.

“The new AXON lights with intelligence not only provide huge long-term maintenance advantages but along with LINC 360 are best suited for the Follow the Greens concept to enable tracking of aircraft and control a pathway with green lights for the aircraft to follow down the runway, onto the taxiway and into the gate.

“This Follow the Greens and routing and guidance of aircraft when implemented shall save on power consumption, reduce pilot navigation errors, and increase safety on the airfield.”

When fully operational, NMIA is expected to accommodate up to 60 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo annually.

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