Bahrain and Slovenia select Thales for AMHS Upgrades

In July 2011, the Thales AMHS system belonging to the Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) was successfully upgraded to the latest AMHS standards thanks to a seamless software release installation. Also on the 30th of September 2011, Thales signed a contract with Slovenia Control to implement a new version of the existing AERMAC (Aeronautical Message Switching System) and to provide services connected with Slovenia Control's migration to the new ATCC (Air Traffic Control Centre).
With this contract, Slovenia Control reaffirms its full confidence in Thaless expertise for the implementation of ATS Messages Switching Systems (AMSS) and for the critical migration operations of such systems. Indeed, the actual Slovenian AFTN (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network) system AERMAC has been provided by Thales in 2002, giving full satisfaction to the operational and technical staff of Slovenia Control.

At the same time, a 5-year maintenance support contract has also been signed between Slovenia Control and Thales for the supply of an AMHS* and for the standard follow-up upgrades, paving the way for a long term relationship. This major contract reinforces Thales's leading position in the Aeronautical Messaging Systems and confirms the excellence of its AERMAC product.
Following this upgrade, from 12 to 15 September 2011, interoperability tests made on the Singapore AMHS system were successfully performed, thus proving the operational readiness of AERMAC ( Aeronautical Message Switching System). All test procedures from Annex E of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) Asia/Pacific Guidance Document for AMHS Conformance Testing (AMHS Manual), version 3.0 September 2009, were performed without any failure or any need for a re-test.
This interoperability test phase provided an opportunity to further train BCAA AMHS experts.

This on-the-job training will, in the near future, allow BCAA to run additional interoperability tests with other adjacent ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers) of the region.
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