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Japanese partnership serves Myanmar aviation sector

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 7, 2013
Partners will build secure infrastructure for Myanmar airports under ODA funding

A collaboration among Japanese companies will see a renewed and safe aviation infrastructure in Myanmar to serve the growing demand for air traffic in the country. 

Under a development assistance funding from Japan, four Japanese companies will collaborate to supply the airport and aviation security infrastructure in Myanmar. The four companies include Sumitomo Corporation, the NEC Group to include NEC Corporation, NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (NESIC), Toshiba Corporation, and Morita Corporation. 

With each company’s expertise, the airport project will see modernised airports in Myanmar that will satisfy international airport safety standards. These airports include those in airports Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe, and Dawei. 

Japan, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), pledged 1.233 billion yen (US$12.7 million) to upgrade Myanmar’s airports and aviation capability to help the country get on track with economic development. 

In a statement issued by the Japanese firms, it stated that among the facilities and equipment to be installed will be a Doppler VHF omni-directional range, flight procedure systems, aeronautical lights, X-ray machines, fire engines, and more. These will be installed to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. 


Sumitomo is the lead project contractor for the modernisation project. NEC will be providing Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) to measure radio distances between aircraft and aeronautical stations while NESIC will supply the systems for radio communication and other components of the airport/aviation security infrastructure. 

Both Sumitomo and the NEC Group have been involved in other infrastructure projects in Myanmar. Just recently, the two companies received orders to help improve the railways infrastructure and communications infrastructure.  

Toshiba will supply three major airports -- Nyaung U, Heho, and Thandwe -- with Doppler VHF omni-directional radio range (DVOR) beacons and air navigation systems. 

Like Sumitomo and the NEC Group, Toshiba has been in Myanmar, partly for its home electronics business and through the Sedoci Hydropower Plant in 1985. Just last April, Toshiba Asia Pacific opened an office in Yangon to expand its presence in the country. 

Morita’s role in the project is to provide aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles and equipment for Yangon, Dawei, Nyaung U, and Heho airports. Morita manufactures fire-fighting and disaster-prevention vehicles. 

The Japanese companies signed an agreement with the Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport, last month to work on this airport/aviation upgrade called “Project for Improvement of Nationwide Airport Safety and Security.” 


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