|Aquila will provide systems upgrade and training to modernize UK ATM. Photo: Aquila|
[Avionics Today 10-29-2014] Aquila, a joint venture between NATS and Thales has signed a contract to deliver Marshall, the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) program designed to modernize terminal Air Traffic Management (ATM) at military airfields. The contract is valued at more than $2.4 billion over the course of its 22-year life span.
The contract scope supports ATM terminal operations at more than 100 MOD locations, in the U.K. and overseas including more than 60 airfields and ranges. The terminal operations will continue to be delivered by military air traffic operators with Aquila delivering new equipment, system upgrades, maintenance, support services and training in an attempt to modernize approach and visual control rooms.
Aquila assumes responsibility for Marshall services on April 1, 2015. An asset replacement program to install advanced ATM equipment will be phased in from that date, which will include upgraded surveillance radars, control and navigations systems.