IAF to procure new radars to prevent bird hits
New Delhi: To tackle the menace of birds
flying around its bases and putting the fighter aircraft in
danger, Indian Air Force (IAF) is now looking out for
procuring sophisticated radars to monitor bird activity as an
integral part of its flight safety procedure.
Besides monitoring their movement, the avian radars will
help in studying the flying pattern of birds at different
hours of the day.
"Avian radars help in locating, tracking and monitoring
movements of birds. These radars are used as an integral part
of flight safety procedure," an IAF official said here today.
IAF has a Ornithology Cell under the Directorate of
Aerospace Safety to reduce bird hit cases and the cell has
completed bird survey at 28 flying bases.
"While monitoring bird activity, we have to look at
various aspects. The pattern of bird movement and their flight
schedule varies as per the terrain. Birds are more active at a
low altitude during sunrise and sunset when they go out in
search of food and come back to their nests respectively," the
Apart from studying their flying habits, the avian radars
will help in collecting data on other aspects such the height,
numbers and density of birds in a particular area.
These radars would help IAF's bird watching teams in
specifying their areas of activity and density. It will help
in ensuring there is no bird movement in the flight path of an
aircraft during its takeoff and landing.
The data collected with the help of these radars would
further be analysed at the Ornithology Cell.