The government has approved CISF security for the Bangalore-based facility of the ambitious GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation system (GAGAN), which aims to make the Indian airspace safer.
A 150-plus squad of the Central paramilitary force will guard the campus of the project located in Kundalahalli of the Karnataka capital.
The central force will regulate access-control within the facility and will also have a vehicle-borne armed commando squad to quickly respond to any security threat.
The prestigious project with an estimated cost of around Rs 774 crore, jointly developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), would place India in the fourth position along with the US, Europe and Japan to have such an advanced navigation system.
It would be an all weather national infrastructure and can be used by defence services, security agencies, Railways, surface transport, shipping, telecom industry besides personal users of position location based services.
It will provide precision approach to all aircraft either landing at Indian airports or overflying the airspace, even over the high seas.
The system will offer seamless satellite navigation to air traffic across the Indian Ocean region.
After completion of its final operational phase, GAGAN will be compatible with other Space Based Augmentation Systems like the Wide Area Augmentation System of the US, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service and the multi-functional Satellite Augmentation System of Japan.