INDRA modernizes Ghana's Air Traffic Management Systems

- Madrid, Spain

Ghana's Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has selected Indra in an international public tender to deploy an automated air traffic management system at Kotoka Airport, as well as an ADS-B surveillance system on Sao Tome Island. In a second stage of the project the company will deploy a multilateration WAM network. 

The automated management system will cover air traffic control en-route, on approach and landing, as well as ocean traffic. It will also support search and rescue operations and check-in services for airlines. Indra will also install a number of workstations for use as simulators to train air traffic controllers. 

Likewise, the company will deploy an ADS-B air surveillance station on Sao Tome Island, providing Ghana with more precise ocean traffic surveillance capabilities. The system's capabilities include advanced data links with aircraft and automated surveillance (CPDL/ADSC). 

The Indra ADS-B system complies with the most advanced demands established by the SESAR program, the technological backbone around which new generation systems will be built in Europe. Meanwhile, Eurocontrol, the body responsible for the safety of air navigation in Europe, also uses this Indra system to certify DO-260B transponders. 

As part of the second stage of the modernization project in Ghana, Indra will deploy a WAM multilateration system to cover en-route flights across non-oceanic territory, as well as aircraft approaching the area of Accra and Kumaisi. 

Indra technology will help the GCAA to maintain and improve air traffic management safety standards in the country. Indra has a strong relationship with said body as technology provider. In 2000 it deployed its NORMAC ILS instrumental landing system at Kotoka airport, while in 2011 it equipped the same airport with its Garex 220 VCCS communication system. More recently the company provided the Ghanaian Civil Aviation Academy with an air traffic simulator, featuring 3D control tower visuals and en-route air traffic control workstations. 

In recent years Indra has established itself as one of the leading providers of air traffic management and surveillance systems in Africa, and has offices in Algeria, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Senegal, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

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