Air Traffic Networks across South Africa modernised




Thales and Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa – long standing partners in Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems – have announced the recent signature of several significant major contracts.

Thales has undertaken to replace the legacy ATNS ATM system with the state-of-the-art Thales TopSky-ATC and to install the newest Thales 970s Radars at the Wakkerstroom, Potgieterus and Rhodes sites. The contract also provides for a support and maintenance agreement for all existing ATNS radar sensors and TopSky-ATC systems.

Over the past decade African air traffic has increased exponentially with South Africa being one of the busiest airspaces in the continent. As a result, improved air space management, advanced technologies and system modernisation, are needed to meet future challenges of scalability and operational costs faced by both ANSPs and their industrial partners.

Commenting on the strategic importance of the project, Patrick Oszczeda, VP Southern Africa and CEO of Thales South Africa, said: "South Africa is emerging as one of the fastest growing and complex ATM regions in the continent. This technology acquisition will allow ATNS to deploy a truly future proofed technology capable of not only dealing with the issues and challenges of Africa today, but also capable of growing and adapting as the airspace becomes more complex. We are proud to be associated with ATNS, especially as we explore new partnership strategies, which we believe will unlock ATNS's full potential for growth and other avenues of development.”

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