INS Hansa

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INS Hansa in Goa has become the very first Joint-User International Aerodrome in the South-Asia Pacific region to be augmented with the Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach.

Why in News?

  • The RNP approach will reduce dependency for navigation on ground-based equipment such as Very-High Frequency Omni Directional Radio (VOR) and Instrument Landing System (ILS).
  • This RNP approach will provide near Category-I ILS accuracies, thereby aiding unhindered flying operations even when the aforementioned equipment is unserviceable or under maintenance.

About INS Hansa:

  • It is an Indian naval air station located near Dabolim in Goa.
  • It is India's biggest naval airbase and is home to the Indian Navy's premier air squadrons. 
  • The base has a civil enclave that operates as Dabolim Airport.
  • This naval air station has grown to become a full-fledged airfield that handles domestic and international flights around the clock.
  • History:
    • INS Hansa was commissioned on 5 September 1961 at Sulur near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
    • It was initially co-located with the Sulur Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force.
    • Post the liberation of Goa, the Navy took over Dabolim airfield in April 1962, and the INS Hansa was moved to Dabolim in June 1964.


Q1) What is an Aerodrome?

Aerodrome is a term that is used to refer to places from which aircraft’s flight operations are functioned, regardless of whether they are passengers, cargo or neither. This can be large commercial airports, small general aviation airfields or military airbases.

Source: In a first, Navy’s INS Hansa gets indigenous navigation system