ATM Modernization, Commercial

Thales Awarded African ATC Contract

By Tish Drake | October 20, 2011

Thales was awarded a contract by the Agency for Air Navigation Security in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) for the harmonization and modernization of their air traffic control centers in six countries, including Senegal, Congo, Niger, Ivory Coast, Chad and Madagascar. ASECNA is in charge of 5 Flight Information Regions (FIR), controlling the largest area in the region.

The new air traffic control systems will include a Multi-Sensor Tracking System, integrating all surveillance means including radars, ADS-B, ADS-C, Multilateration and Wide Area Multilateration. The harmonization of the air traffic control centers will reduce operation and maintenance costs and offer smoother air traffic control services to airlines flying through the airspace, according to Thales. Thales will also deliver a training and test platform for air traffic controllers, allowing ASECNA to optimise airspace monitoring and achieve its mission of offering smoother ATC services to airlines passing through this region.

Thales is consolidating its position in Africa, where Eurocat system is covering more than 70 percent of the continent’s FIRs.

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