January 24, 2018
"The highly anticipated Bhattedanda Radar will now soon come into operation" announced by Mr. Sanjiv Gautam, Director General of CAAN and His Excellency Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, jointly at an event held in Bhattedanda, Lalitpur today. Installed as part of the Tribhuvan International Airport Modernization Project (Surveillance System) under the cooperation of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Radar was handed over to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in October, 2016.
Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative of JICA Nepal also presented at the event stated that "Air safety is one of the priority sectors of JICA's cooperation in Nepal and with this Radar installation we are hoping it will further strengthen the aviation services in Nepal".
JICA signed the Grant Agreement for the project on March 27, 2013 with the Government of Nepal with nearly 989 million Japanese Yen for the execution of the Tribhuvan International Airport Modernization Project (Surveillance System) in TIA, Kathmandu and Bhattedanda, Lalitpur.
The newly installed En-route Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (EMSSR) at Bhattedanda, Lalitpur provides en-route surveillance with coverage up to 250 Nautical Mile Radius (450KM). It can monitor the country's most of airspace and keep track of aircrafts up to Surkhet in the west and the entire country in the east, north and south extending up to northern mountain range to the southern Indian boarder, making it easier for TIA Air Traffic Controllers to manage Nepal's air space more safely and efficiently.
The new Radar shall replace the old Radar system in TIA which aims to improve the safety of aircraft operation in Nepal contributing to vitalization of the national economy through enhancing the aviation safety and strengthening the air transport capacity.
CAAN successfully completed the flight inspection in collaboration with Federal Aviation Administration of United States and NEC, Japan to ensure functionality of newly installed Radar system on November 2017 and is now expected to start Commercial Operation of the Radar system from February 2018.
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