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Thales awarded US$ 36.7m Abu Dhabi Air Traffic Control Tower Contract

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 17 October 2008

Thales, a world leader in mission-critical information systems for the Aerospace, Defence and Security markets, has been awarded the contract to fit out Abu Dhabi International Airports new air traffic control centre tower (ATCC).

With the construction of the tower already underway and due for completion in 2009, Thales are expected to start integrating the systems and command centre over the coming year.

The Thales systems will integrate the most advanced ATM automation features needed for world leading air traffic control as well as airport ground control systems and aeronautical information systems (AIS) and messages switching (AFTN/AMHS).

Richard Deakin, Senior Vice President of Thales Air Systems, said, With one of the biggest airport infrastructure developments ever conceived taking place in Abu Dhabi, we are thrilled to be part of this history making enterprise by bringing our technical expertise and know how into installing the new systems for the airports new air traffic control centre.

The new 109m, 20-storey tower will be situated in between the existing and the new second runway, which went operational on 12 October 2008, and will take over the role as the nerve centre of the new airport development from the existing tower which stands over Terminal 1.

In addition to the control tower deal, Thales has also made a commitment to install its Middle East Support Centre in the Abu Dhabi International Airport Business and Logistics Park.

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