French defence and aerospace group Thales has signed a deal with Empresa Nacional de Exploração de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA), the Angolan air traffic service to supply the latest version of its EUROCAT control centre and a S Mode radar to Luanda Airport.
Thales says the EUROCAT centre will control aircraft through the departure, en-route and approach phases.
The contract, which came into force in October 2008, will modernise and improve Angola’s current communication navigation surveillance and air traffic management (ATM) capabilities.
The contract will supply Luanda Airport with an en-route and approach air traffic control system, a voice communication switch, a voice recording system, and a Mode S monopulse secondary radar with its remote monitoring and display systems.
“Under this contract, Thales will also be providing extensive training for ENANA. The training courses provided by Thales will include extensive air traffic controller qualification training courses as well as technical training courses,” the French company said in a statement. “Thales is fully committed to developing ENANA’s internal expertise in the ATM domain.”
“In addition to this contract, Thales is currently discussing with ENANA the provision of a primary radar to further enhance Angola’s airspace management capability.”
Angola is one of many African countries that now use Thales technology to ensure a secure airspace. Others are South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria and the eighteen ASECNA* (Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar) states.