Thales ATM System Goes Live in Abu Dhabi

Thales is proud to have delivered a completely new ATM system to the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).
The system went operational on 6th April 2011. This advanced automation system located in the new ATC tower of Abu Dhabi International Airport provides a fully integrated gate-to-gate solution that covers both approach and aerodrome air traffic control services.

The commissioning is the result of an important project launched in 2008 to introduce cutting edge airport facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport, including a spectacular 109 metre, 20-storey tall Air Traffic Control Tower. Thales was selected as the ATM systems prime contractor by ADAC in order to enhance the airports operational capabilities, increase airport safety and facilitate speedy traffic-handling operations from the ATC tower.

The operations in Abu Dhabi International Airport now rely on:
  • state-of-the-art EUROCAT(1) system featuring the Multi-Sensor Tracking System(2), the first MSTS to be commissioned in the world,
  • Integrated Tower Solution(3), combining the Thales Electronic Flight Strip System and the Thales Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control System which is fed by Surface Movement Radar and Multilateration(4) surveillance data.It allow seamless operations with silent coordination within the tower cab or adjacent approach units. This integrated system is the foundation for the development of the SESAR Integrated Tower Working Position concept.
  • AERMAC Aeronautical Message Handling System(5) and ANAIS Aeronautical Information System(6),
  • EUROCAT training and simulation systems, which can also operate as a back-up of the main system.

This outstanding project demonstrates Thales unique capability to deliver turnkey ATM Systems solutions to meet a wide range of requirements, including communication and surveillance infrastructure. To meet ADAC requirements, Thales has integrated 15 different systems into a single ATM solution. Similar turnkey projects have been delivered to Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

The new Air Traffic Control Tower will enhance traffic safety and security thanks to unprecedented safety nets for approach and aerodrome air traffic control. The Thales system will allow ADAC to triple its capacity within the next decade.

The Aeronautical Information System is the latest version of ANAIS product, allowing a smooth migration to AIM solution and already operational already operational in more than 35 countries.(6)
The Aeronautical Messaging Handling System, is the latest generation of Thales AERMAC product, already in operation in more than 25 countries.(5)
The Thales multilateration system is part of a surveillance product family. This modular product family can be configured for redundancies, multiple data links, multiple output power ratings for transmission, as well as omnidirectional or sectored antennas, enabling it to be customised and cost optimised for almost all surveillance systems.(4)
increase the safety and efficiency of airport surface traffic management and operation by better utilization of available infrastructure and resources.
Integrated Tower Solution is a tower automation system integrating Electronic Flight Strip and ASMGCS that facilitates the coordination between ATC controllers by replacing the traditional paper strips with a centralised touch screen information system highly adaptable to local operational procedures.A-SMGCS is an open, modular and scalable architecture system that can provide all four ICAO-defined primary functions: Surveillance, Control, Routing and Guidance. Its main objective is to(3)
Thales Multi-Sensor Tracking System is able to fusion data from all surveillance means including radars and non radars technologies (WAM, ADS-B). It is the first system to be operational worldwide. Providing radars and non radars technologies, Thales has a unique capacity of providing a global surveillance solution.(2)
Thaless EUROCAT is a modular system that controls traffic in continental en route, terminal approach, transcontinental and oceanic airspace.(1)
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