The Indian Navy on February 9, 2018 inaugurated the ‘Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Systems’ (IAAMS) at INS Garuda, naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala.
The system was inaugurated by Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Southern Naval Command. INS Garuda is the fourth naval air station to be installed with this integrated system.
The system is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of 9 Naval Air Stations (NAS).
It is expected to give a major boost to aviation safety through automation of weather monitoring process.
• The system is equipped with state-of-the-art meteorological sensors such as radar vertical wind profiler, transmissometer, ceilometer and automatic weather observation system.
• The system undertakes automatic and continuous recording of relevant weather parameters that are vital for accurate weather forecasting.
• It also has a special alarm feature that would alert the duty staff about any abnormal change of weather parameters that may affect safe flying operations.
• The system would also be able to provide automatic dissemination of routine weather reports of the air station as per World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) standards to other air stations and to ATC tower without human intervention.
Commissioned on May 11, 1953, INS Garuda is the oldest operating air station of the Indian Navy. It is a major naval air training center as well as an operational base.