Thales welcomes Croatia Control to COOPANS

Thales is pleased to announce that Croatia Control Ltd (CCL) has become the 5th Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) to join the COOPANS Partnership.
Croatia Control has been working with Thales since the 1970s and Thales has fully supported the membership of Croatia Control in COOPANS.

COOPANS is a unique collaboration initiative founded in 2006 by 3 European ANSPs (IAA of Ireland, LFV of Sweden and Naviair of Denmark) and by Thales. Austro Control (Austria) became the 4th ANSP member in 2009. COOPANS ANSPs have agreed to fully harmonize their Eurocat ATM system while working together with Thales to define future evolutions and maintenance requirements which are identical for all ANSP members. For the first time in the
ANSP industry, COOPANS establishes a joint procurement business model which provides significant economic and operational benefits.

By joining COOPANS, Croatia Control will prepare to face the future European Air Traffic Control challenges, said Dra┼żen Ramljak, Director General of Croatia Control. This strategic collaboration is not only promoting interoperability and the harmonisation of ATM systems, it will also contribute to the evolutions driven by the Single European Sky initiative.

The first COOPANS Eurocat ATM system is fully operational in the Irish airspace since April 2011. This significant milestone has been achieved after intensive ATM system harmonization efforts between all COOPANS members, allowing the delivery of unprecedented benefits for the members.

COOPANS is at the forefront of European ATM standards and COOPANS will introduce new ATM concepts validated in the SESAR programme to keep the COOPANS Eurocat ATM system as one of the most advanced integrated ATM system in Europe.

The COOPANS agreement was signed in 2006 between the 3 founding members (IAA, LFV, Naviair) and Thales, joined in 2009 by Austro Control. This cooperation leads to the live deployment of the most advanced fully integrated ATC system in Europe. Whats more, it relies on the first large java Flight Data Processing with advanced 4D-trajectory prediction and highly flexible airspace management. The COOPANS partnership demonstrates that European ANSPs can collaborate together with Thales, bringing key benefits to airlines and supporting the initiative of the Single European Sky move towards common system specifications defined by SESAR.
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