Under a new contract from NATS, Indra is set to deliver the next generation of interoperability through European collaboration (iTEC), NATS said. This is part of NATS’ investment plan over the next decade, and supports Single European Sky.
NATS said the contract requires collaboration with other key NATS suppliers for the development and integration of new version of the flight data processor and controller working position systems. The contract also covers Indra’s support for getting iTEC into full operational service at Prestwick and Swanwick control centers. Indra was named NATS Supplier of the Year for its work of delivering and transitioning the iTEC system into the Prestwick Centre Upper Airspace last year.
“ITEC provides the most advanced technology for air traffic control operations and is core to our transformation program as we modernize our capabilities,” said Rob Watkins, technical services director at NATS. “Once in place, the new systems will reduce controller workload, increase individual flight efficiency and support greater overall traffic capacity in UK airspace. iTEC is key to the future success of managing some of the busiest airspaces in the world and we’re delighted to be working with Indra in delivering the next generation of iTEC into our operation.”
NATS said the 10-year framework agreement was established in May, and this is the first contract it has awarded to Indra within that framework.