Chennai, Kolkata airports need better security: Expert

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New Delhi, Nov 9 (UNI) As India goes ahead with the modernisation of its airport infrastructure, a top security systems firm says security at the Chennai and Kolkota airports does not meet international standards and needs a overhaul.

''I have visited major airports in India and found security at Chennai and Kolkota airports lacking,'' Lockheed Martin Director (India) Daniel J Magoon told UNI.

He, however, adds that the security at Mumbai and Delhi airports is up to the mark.

Mr Magoon says Lockheed Martin, whose systems guide 60 per cent of the world's commercial air traffic, can help improve the Indian airspace infrastructure by improving safety and security, and bringing about greater efficiency.

''Lockheed air traffic control automated systems can predict potential aircraft conflicts in advance,'' he says.

''The advanced tools enable controllers to resolve conflicts and manage air traffic more efficiently.'' The same systems, he says, offer pilots increased flexibility in air routes, saving fuel while maintaining high levels of safety.

According to Mr Magoon, Lockheed technology helps secure 149 ports and 429 airports across the world.

The company also offers biometric technology that helps registered travellers get pass airport security quickly.

Its Oceanic system, being used by the Federal Aviation Administration, manages 80 per cent of the world's controlled oceanic airspace.

''We offer unrivaled global depth and breadth in developing, upgrading and maintaining aviation management systems-- systems that make safe, on-time air travel possible,'' says Mr Magoon.

Lockheed Martin participated in India's first civil air show at Begumpet Airport last month, showcasing its might and expertise in the arena of civil aviation.

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