Navy enclave at Cochin Airport (CIAL)

Navy has decided to set up an air enclave at Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL). It is to be set up on 11 acres of land for which the land besides airport’s cargo complex has been acquired.

“Fencing work has begun and funds have been allocated by the MoD [Ministry of Defence] for the project. However, the construction work will have to be done in co-ordination with CIAL without upsetting its own expansion drive. We hope to complete it by 2011 end,” sources said.

The enclave would accommodate maintenance hangars capable of sheltering the Navy’s future assets, especially the medium range maritime scrutiny aircraft that it is researching on. The hangars would also have the capacity to provide back-end support to the operation of a sub-division of the fleet.

They will also be equipped to back up full-load operation of the long range maritime scrutiny aircraft, Boeing P8-I, if required. As per the contract that the Navy has signed with Boeing for the purchase of eight P8-I aircraft, the delivery of the first would take place in 2013.

They will also be equipped to back up full-load operation of the long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, Boeing P8-I, if required. As per the contract that the Navy has signed with Boeing for the purchase of eight P8-I aircraft, the delivery of the first would take place in 2013.

The enclave would also have an administration complex and a taxi link to connect it to the CIAL runway.