The Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MOTCA) has awarded Thales a contract for the delivery, installation, training and commissioning of the first operational wide area multilateration system in Afghanistan.
Thales will provide a surveillance system that is fully compliant to MOTCA requirements and international safety standards. It will control an area covering 540 by 350 nautical miles. The surveillance coverage for en route flight level above sea level country wide and in the vicinity of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Heart airports. By choosing Thaless operational and innovative multilateration technology, MOCTA will also benefit from the possibility to receive and process ADS-B1 messages from the same ground stations. Thaless multilateration system will provide precise aircraft surveillance and identification information to increase airspace efficiency over Afghanistan whilst also enhancing safety, said Vaclav Sourek, Sales and Marketing Director of Thaless Air Traffic Management activities in Germany, where the contract will be implemented from. This highly-flexible system can be expanded to accommodate lower flight levels down to airport runway and taxi route monitoring, efficiency tools such as airport surface management systems, and technologies that increase capacity, for example local area multilateration for precision runway monitoring. The multilateration system is part of Thaless surveillance product family, which includes ADS-B1, TIS-B2, FIS-B3, ADS-R4, local area multilateration and wide area multilateration capabilities. The modular product family includes options for redundancy, multiple data links, multiple transmit output power levels and omni-directional or sectored antennas to enable tailored, cost effective solutions for nearly any surveillance application.