Thales puts in operation the first fully operational Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) link in Europe

Since September 22nd 2011, the Thales AERMAC (Aeronautical Message Switching system) installed in Vienna, has provided fullly operational AMHS* services for the link with Sarajevo to the full satisfaction of Austro Control. This achievement is the first AMHS link in Europe, which has completely replaced an existing AFTN (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network) connection and has already recorded a significant volume of
This smooth transition from AFTN to AMHS has been possible thanks to the high level of maturity and flexibility of the Thales AERMAC system and the thorough cooperation of Thales and the Austro Control teams. This long term collaboration is clearly highlighted by M. Gerhard Berger, Senior expert MSS (Message Switching System)from Austro Control Engineering Services: We very much appreciated the quality of services and the high level
of commitment invested by Thales Air Systems in order to achieve this performance.

The Thales AERMAC system has also been integrated within this Air Traffic Management (ATM) centre, thus enabling Air Traffic Control (ATC) controllers to directly send their messages through the switch over IP (Internet Protocol). This evolution signifies another step forward in the integration between AERMAC and EUROCAT, two systems for which Thales is the worldwide leader.
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