ASECNA and ICAO renew confidence in Thales with significant contracts across 12 African countries

- Madrid, Spain

Thales and Cofely Ineo, world leaders in air traffic management (ATM) solutions, are proud to announce that following a comprehensive competitive tendering process, a contract was signed today with ASECNA1 and the ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau, for the supply and installation of 11 Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radars (MSSR) and 11 TopSky-ATC systems, deployed across 12 different African countries.

Since the mid 90s, ASECNA has been actively implementing measures to improve air traffic control monitoring systems across its airspace (which represents approximately 1.5 times the size of Europe’s airspace), in an effort to boost its efficiency, effectiveness and safety. This project will pave the way for ASECNA to switch from procedural control to radar control, thus drastically improving both separation and traffic safety.

With decades of experience and leadership in the region, Thales is the undisputed number one preferred partner for air traffic management solutions in Africa. The Thales TopSky-ATC and MSSRs solutions are particularly well adapted to local ANSPs operational requirements and over 30 African countries have chosen TopSky-ATC systems to control their airspace. This contract is further validation of the strength of the confidence placed in Thales by leading regional operators like ASECNA and more globally by most major African ANSPs, reinforcing Thales’s role as a key partner to African ANSPs towards a Single African Sky.

Ineo Engineering & Systems is ASECNA’s preferred partner for the development and implementation of telecommunications equipment specific to air traffic management and for the deployment and integration of turnkey airport systems. Under this contract, Ineo Engineering & Systems will provide and deploy systems and equipment which will complement the TopSky-ATC system (ConcerToIP: full IP Voice Communication and Control System developed by Ineo E&S according to Eurocae standards, GPS Master Clock System, Voice Recorder System, Control and Monitoring System, Workstations,...) allowing ASECNA to have complete, coherent and efficient ATM systems. Ineo Engineering & Systems thus affirms its expertise in the field of ATM and confirms its position as a partner to ASECNA and ICAO.

Commenting on the strategic importance of the project, Thomas Pistre Thales Director of sales for Africa and Middle East for ATM said: “Over the past two decades ASECNA has been responsible for the steady and constant improvement of African air traffic and we continued to be honoured to be consistently chosen as preferred partners by them. We are particularly proud of having won this contract under the auspices of the ICAO TCB. These types of tenders are widely regarded to be some of the most competitive in the business, thus further validating that we are the most suited supplier for the needs of the African region.”

Khalil Fourati, CEO of Ineo Engineering & Systems added: “Ineo Engineering & Systems is honored to participate in ASECNA ATM system improvement and will bring the whole of its expertise in the implementation of this contract, especially ConcerToIP, an IP VCCS at the leading edge of technology. This contract reaffirms the commitment of Ineo Engineering & Systems to bringing turnkey solutions to Civil Aviations across the globe.”

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