Thales has been awarded a contract by the Namibian Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication to supply the latest version of its EUROCAT control centre and one co-mounted primary and Mode S secondary radar for the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
As prime contractor, Thales will also ensure the integration of a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) System covering the whole territory. The contract, which is already in force, will modernise Namibias current Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (ATM) capabilities, ensuring a significant improvement of safety and efficiency in Namibian airspace. EUROCAT is a modular system that controls traffic in continental en route, terminal approach, transcontinental and oceanic airspace. The WAM system is used to compute aircraft position by the triangulation of signals transmitted by aircraft transponders. The co-mounted primary radar and Mode S secondary radar will help the Namibian Civil Authority improve the quality and integrity of aircraft detection, identification and altitude reporting. These improvements translate into benefits in terms of safety, capacity and efficiency benefits which are key to supporting the future of the high-traffic density airspaces such as Africa, stated Daniel Kleim, Managing Director of Thaless Air Traffic Management Systems business line. Namibia now becomes one of many African countries that have selected Thales technology to secure their airspace. The following countries use Thales ATM technology to provide consistent regional airspace security: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and the seventeen ASECNA1 (the Agency for the Security of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar) states.