The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has selected Honeywell's SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) as part of a pilot project for satellite-based precision approach and landings at Chennai International Airport.
Unlike the traditional instrument landing systems that can only support one approach at one end of a single runway, Honeywell claims that the SmartPath can handle up to 26 separate approaches across four runways simultaneously.
The pilot project is being led by the AAI in collaboration with the US-India Aviation Cooperation Programme, with partial funding from the US Trade and Development Agency.
The AAI plans to install further GBAS infrastructure at other Indian airports in the coming years as part of its air traffic management upgrade programme.
This comes amid growing demand for air travel in India, with Honeywell projecting that annual passenger numbers could reach 540 million by 2025 and that India's airports are still lagging behind countries such as China in upgrading their infrastructure.
"We recognise the importance of investing today in order to prepare our airports for passenger growth of tomorrow," says VP Agrawal, chairman of AAI.
"Chennai International is India's third busiest airport, handling over 10.5 million passengers each year, and with this number continuing to rise, we believe investment in innovations such as SmartPath holds the key to cost-effectively meeting future demand."