Bhattedanda Radar to start operation on February 1st

19th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: The radar system installed at Bhattedanda by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on July, 2016 is set to start on February 1st. The radar was installed at the budget of 1 billion rupees with donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The en-route radar of Bhattedanda, along with the terminal radar of Tribhuvan International Airport will allow air traffic to be safer and better organized. The Bhattedanda radar, situated at a height of 2300 meters, gives coverage over 75% of Nepal, said CAAN spokesperson Birendra Shrestha. The older systems allowed surveillance of airplanes to a distance of around 110 km, while the Bhattedanda radar will allow surveillance over 450 meters.

The radar system allows surveillance of all aircraft in Eastern Nepal and to Dang of Western Nepal, allowing the knowledge of the speed and height of the aircraft, said Shrestha. The radar, which had been sitting mostly since construction, was flight-tested by America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 16 and 18. CAAN signed the MoU with the FAA after it did not receive a single bid for flight tests despite issuing global tenders twice.

The new radar system will allow the distance between aircraft to be decreased to a great extent from 20-25 km to 5-9 km. It had previously been a difficult job to know the situation of flights due to poor radar surveillance.

CAAN is also planning to install another radar at Bhairahawa, which will allow radar coverage to the entire country.