On May 27th, the Croatian air navigation service provider Croatia Control Ltd. and Thales signed two contracts for the supply and installation of both primary and secondary STAR 2000/RSM 970 S radars at Zagreb international airport and for the equipment of the regional airports of Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik by deploying extensions of the field-proven EUROCAT Air Traffic Management (ATM) system from Zagreb operated since 2005.
Thales STAR 2000 and co-mounted RSM 970 S Mode S MSSR radar equipment are state-of-the-art solid-state radars that will feed data into the Thales EUROCAT Air Traffic Control centre. These systems use advanced technology that is continuously improved and updated to remain at the forefront of radar technology. The implementation of the new radars will provide complete airspace security around Zagreb. EUROCAT is an advanced air traffic management system, providing the latest technology to ensure safe and efficient operations for en-route, approach and airport movements. Croatia's civil aviation authority will now benefit from a fully proven system that has demonstrated its operational capabilities in 16 European countries. Thales has supplied a total of 260 air traffic control centres worldwide, all designed to comply with international standards and meet customers' requirements for enhanced air traffic safety and security. On the 9th June, Croatia Control Ltd. signed with representatives from COOPANS (COOPeration between Air Navigation Services providers) and Thales the agreements conferring upon CCL the status of Accessing Member. In confirming its definitive membership in 18 months time, Croatia Control Ltd. will become the 5th member of the COOPANS partnership, which will allow it to benefit from the advanced functions of the EUROCAT product all whilst sharing development costs. We are proud to pursue our 30-year partnership with Croatia Control Ltd. and to help Croatias civil aviation community ensure that the safety of flying in the Croatian skies is continuously enhanced. says Rémi Gille, Thales Vice President for ATM business. Thales is world leader in ATM systems and civil radars and has a 70% market share in the navigation aids market. Thales offers an integrated gate-to-gate solution, from pre-flight to landing, ensuring airport safety, efficient traffic handling operations, data sharing on aircraft and seamless handover operations between territories. There are more than 260 EUROCAT centres, totalling some 4,000 controller positions in service throughout the world.