The Chief of the Indian Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lamba inaugurated the first ever Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS).
It was inaugurated on 28 March 2017 at INS Rajali, which is informally known as Arakkonam Naval Air Station, in Tamil Nadu.
Features of Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Systems (IAAMS)
• The IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS).
• Equipped with the state of the art Meteorological Sensors - Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Transmissometer, Ceilometer and Automatic Weather Observation System, IAAMS undertakes automatic and continuous recording of relevant weather parameters that are vital for accurate weather forecasting.
• It has a special alarm feature that alerts the duty staff during abnormal change of weather parameters that may affect safe flying operations.
• The system can also provide automatic dissemination of routine weather reports as per the standards of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to other air stations and Air Traffic Controller towers without human intervention.
• INS Rajali at Arakkonam was identified for setting up this sophisticated system on a ‘Test Bed’ site, where the complete integrated system has been tested for its reliability, performance and functioning.
• Installation at remaining eight NAS would be undertaken by the system integrator M/s SGS Weather and Environmental Systems Private Limited, New Delhi. The installation process is expected to be completed by March 2019.
When: 28 March 2017