Thales upgrading South African air traffic infrastructure


Thales has been awarded several contracts to upgrade some of South Africa’s air traffic management infrastructure.

Thales will replace the existing Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) company air traffic management systems with Thales TopSky air traffic control (ATC) systems. The company will also install Thales RSM 970 S radars at the Wakkerstroom, Potgieterus and Rhodes sites.

The contract with ATNS, announced today, also provides for a support and maintenance agreement for all existing ATNS radar sensors and TopSky-ATC systems.
“This is a landmark contract for both Thales and ATNS,” Thales said. “Over the past decade African air traffic has increased exponentially, with South Africa being one of the busiest airspaces in the continent. As a result, improved air space management, advanced technologies and system modernisation, are needed to meet future challenges of scalability and operational costs faced by both ANSPs [air navigation service providers] and their industrial partners.”
“South Africa is emerging as one of the fastest growing and complex ATM [air traffic management] regions in the continent. This technology acquisition will allow ATNS to deploy a truly future proofed technology capable of not only dealing with the issues and challenges of Africa today, but also capable of growing and adapting as the airspace becomes more complex. We are proud to be associated with ATNS, especially as we explore new partnership strategies, which we believe will unlock ATNS’s full potential for growth and other avenues of development,” said Patrick Oszczeda, VP Southern Africa and CEO of Thales South Africa.

ATNS is the sole provider of air traffic, navigation and training services within South Africa and some parts of Africa and is responsible for 10% of the world’s airspace. ATNS manages more than half-a-million arrival and departure movements every year.