Thales has handed over one of the world’s most advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
The handing over of LORADS III from Thales to CAAS marks a significant milestone in the development of the system, and a generational shift in ATM technology. LORADS III, with the substantive number of air traffic controller positions and workstations, will help the Singapore Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) manage substantial growing air traffic over the coming years and make air transport safer, more efficient and greener.
LORADS III is a system based on the Thales TopSky-ATC, the most advanced air traffic management system in the world equipped in over 130 air traffic control centres around the world. The system’s high level of automation and innovative software will enable more effective use of busy airspace, optimised air traffic trajectories minimising aircraft fuel consumption, and seamless integration between area, approach and tower.
Flights will be managed using a Human Machine Interface designed by Thales designed in close collaboration with air traffic controllers specifically for their needs and fully customised to fit their requirements. The result is a highly intuitive package that reduces the informational burden on controllers by giving them the information they need exactly when they need it.
The LORADS III system comprises an integrated air traffic control system; a comprehensive simulator, which replicates the full system for training purposes; a data warehouse; and a full system development and test environment for autonomous system maintenance by the customer. Furthermore, it has been developed to stringent safety specifications, and includes unprecedented levels of system redundancy.
Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia CEO, said: “The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has a well-earned and longstanding reputation for its leadership in ATM technology. This leadership will be enhanced through the deployment of the advanced LORADS III ATM system, which will enable the Singapore ANSP to safely and efficiently manage growing air traffic in what is already one of the busiest airports and Flight Information Regions in the world”.
“Our engineers and technicians have worked with the customer in Singapore to achieve their ATM needs now and into the future, demonstrating the value of the skilled hi-tech jobs in Australia and across the world. From Melbourne to Paris, we are committed in investing in innovation, and developing the ATM systems that will be used around the world for many years to come.”