Air traffic networks across SA modernised


Thales and Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa – longstanding partners in air traffic management (ATM) systems – are immensely proud to announce the recent signature of several significant major contracts.

Thales has undertaken to replace the legacy ATNS ATM system with the state-of-the-art Thales TopSky-ATC and to install the newest Thales 970s Radars at the Wakkerstroom, Potgieterus and Rhodes sites. The contract 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. Over the past decade, African air traffic has increased exponentially, with South Africa being one of the busiest air spaces 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 and their industrial partners.

Commenting on the strategic importance of the project, Patrick Oszczeda, VP Southern Africa and CEO of Thales South Africa: “South Africa is emerging as one of the fastest growing and complex ATM 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 air space 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.

Thabani Mthiyane, ATNS CEO (acting), added: “ATNS remains committed to the delivery of safe and efficient operations to the ATM community. In delivering services to our customers and stakeholders, technology infrastructure and innovation play an important role in ensuring that we are able to do so. It was therefore important for ATNS to select a partner that will not only provide enabling technology, but will work with ATNS in ensuring that internal technology innovation capacity and capability is strengthened for the purpose of long-term joint development and co-operation. This will further benefit the know-how and skills related to air traffic management in South Africa as a whole, especially in the area of technology transfer and management.

Thales has been instrumental in the transfer of technology within the aviation industry in general. We are indeed proud to be partners with Thales, in the critical dual-use of air traffic management technology. Air transport infrastructure is made up of a plethora of complex and diverse technologies, and the transport industry is heavily involved in the production of high-specification safety of life products which drive research and development in a number of areas. We are therefore confident that this investment will furthermore help to build research capacity and skills across society, in partnership with THALES.”


Thales is a global technology leader for the defence and security and the aerospace and transportation markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 67 000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25 000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.


Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa is the sole provider of air traffic, navigation, training and associated services within South Africa and some parts of Africa. Responsible for 10% of the world’s air space, ATNS proudly manages more than half-a-million arrival and departure movements every year while maintaining ISO 9001 accreditation.
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