President Mubarak inaugurates Cairos third air traffic control tower for which Thales was the General Integrator

On the 21 October 2010, in the presence of the Civil Aviation Minister and the Chairman of NANSC (National Air Navigation Services Company), Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, inaugurated Cairo airports third air traffic control (ATC) ower and third runway, for which the control tower was built. These new facilities significantly increase NANSCs air traffic management capabilities in Cairo, as well as the passenger capacity of this major international airport.
Within the scope of the project, Thales was the General Integrator for all ATC equipment. The company supplied, installed and commissioned the control tower flight data management system (TECOS), the voice communication control system and voice recording system (VCCS and VRS), the EUROCAT automation system extension, the weather broadcasting system, the screens and the global time synchronisation system.
Over the past 30 years, Thales has developed a strong partnership with the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authorities and is now one of the countrys main providers of ATC systems. With an installed base of six en-route Mode S radars and one approach radar at Cairo, the majority of Egyptian territory is covered. The en-route control centre, responsible for the entire Egyptian airspace, as well as the terminal area and the approach to Cairo international airport, is based on EUROCAT. EUROCAT is a modular system, which guarantees the safety and efficiency of all en-route and approach flight phases. In operation throughout various countries, the 260 centres supplied by

Thales meet international standards, as well as customers increased requirements in terms of air traffic security. Halim Assem, Thales Country Director for Egypt, emphasises that "commissioning this new control centre marks an important step in the modernisation of the countrys air traffic control capabilities. In fact, it represents the pinnacle of global ATC technology and takes on a crucial significance in the development of both domestic and international flight operations, with a direct impact on security and operational efficiency.

Thales has also been involved in modernising the Egyptian Aviation Academy (EAA), equipping it with the latest generation EUROCAT air traffic management simulators. These simulators are located in the schools brand-new ATC training building, at "6 October" City.
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