Thales and its industrial partner CIT Lao are pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the CNS/ATM Improvement Project is completed and was officially handed over to the Ministry of Transports and Public Works of Lao PDR at a ceremony held in Vientiane, capital of Laos.
A new, fully equipped air traffic control centre housing the Thales TopSky-ATC system was officially opened at the ceremony. The air traffic management system integrates the new Thales TopSky-AMHS with Thales’s state-of-the-art full Mode S radars and ADS-B functionalities. As part of the project, Thales and CIT Lao have also delivered and installed new Navaids equipment across the country, ADS-B stations in Vientiane and a new radar system in the south of the country.
Lao PDR’s airspace is experiencing significant growth in volume, with up to 1,600 flights per month compared to just over 700 in 2008. The system is therefore geared up to manage increasing traffic flows, by providing up-to-date meteorological information from all the country’s airports to the control centre in Vientiane, and sharing this with pilots alongside all other mission critical information prior to take-off.