Indian Navy will set up a Naval Aircraft Enclave at Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL). An MoU in this regard was signed on Wednesday between CIAL and the Navy.

The proposed Naval Aircraft Enclave will comprise a hanger for bigger aircraft of the Navy, administrative office, disbursal centre, apron capable of holding 2 Boeing type aircrafts and a taxi track.

The construction will begin shortly at 10 acres of land owned by the Navy at CIAL.

The current landing strip of the Navy is insufficient for new-generation aircraft such as P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

CIAL and the Navy already have a long-standing relationship in Airfield Lighting Engineering and exchange programme in Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting and similar operational areas. With the commencement of the Naval Aircraft Enclave, the relationship would be strengthened further, a press release said.

The Naval Aircraft Enclave at CIAL will be the second such facility of the Navy attached to an international airport, after Mumbai.

(This article was published on April 10, 2013)
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