Thales finalizes its largest country-wide ADS-B Multilateration System in Afghanistan

On 29 January 2012, the trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, Germany and Australia for Improvement of Civil Air Traffic Control in Afghanistan with acountrywide ADS-B* / MLAT** system, passed a major milestone when the system designed by Thales was accepted and handed over to the Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MOTCA).
The project comprises the delivery, installation and commissioning of Thaless largest combined ADS-B / MLAT airspace surveillance system as a contribution to increased safety of over-flight traffic in Afghanistan. The system provides countrywide ADS-B surveillance coverage and almost complete Multilateration (MLAT) coverage of the four main air traffic services at FL 270 (27000 feet) and above. This is achieved with 30 ground stations distributed all over Afghanistan and monitored centrally from Kabul via VSAT with an alternate centre in Mazar-e-Sharif.

The MLAT system, financed with German and Australian funds, is designed to locate aircraft flying over Afghanistan in the upper air space and to generate respective data. The data will be displayed in the Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC) at Kabul International Airport which is responsible for control and guidance of the over-flights.

The project was completed by Thales within only 20 months under extremely difficult conditions,  with the support of local partners,  and under the surveillance of KfW (German Development Bank) and their consultant Kocks Consult.

During the first two years of operation, Thales will be supporting the systems operation and maintenance locally.

This project confirms the leadership role Thales is taking in the domain of air surveillance, and its ability to master the new technologies of ADS-B and Multilateration, for country wide applications. Afghanistan is now added to the list of references of Thales in ADS-B (USA, Australia, Indonesia, France) and Multilateration (TMA projects in Europe: Frankfurt and London).

*ADS-B: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
** MLAT: Multilateration 
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