Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, inaugurated the first ever Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Rajali on March 28, 2017. The IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS).
The IAAMS project will give a major fillip to aviation safety, through automation of weather monitoring process. Equipped with state-of-the-art meteorological sensors, viz., 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 World Meteorological Organisation standards to other air stations and air traffic controller towers without human intervention.
Installation at remaining eight NAS would be undertaken by the system integrator SGS Weather and Environmental Systems Private Limited, New Delhi, and is expected to be completed by March 2019.