Abu Dhabi's $36mn air traffic control deal awarded

UK-based Thales wins deal to fit out airport's new $108mn control tower.

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By  Tom Arnold Published  October 16, 2008

Thales, a developer of information systems for the aerospace, defence and security markets, has won a $36.7 million contract to fit out Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new air traffic control tower.

With construction of the $108 million tower already underway and due for completion in 2009, the France-based electronics firm is expected to start integrating the systems and command centre over the coming year.

“We look forward to Thales delivering this contract which will help us take a further step in our quest to become a world class gateway airport,” ADAC chairman and managing director Khalifa Al Mazrouei said.

The new 109 metre 20-storey tower will be situated in between the existing and the new second runway, which went operational on Sunday, and will become the new nerve centre of the airport, taking over from the existing tower which stands over Terminal 1.

Integrating the most advanced ATM automation features needed for world leading air traffic control as well as airport ground control systems and aeronautical information systems, the Thales technology also includes messages switching.

“With one of the biggest airport infrastructure developments ever conceived taking place in Abu Dhabi, we are thrilled to be part of this history making enterprise by bringing our technical expertise and know how into installing the new systems for the airport’s new air traffic control centre,” said Richard Deakin, senior vice president of Thales Air Systems.

“As one of the world’s leading aerospace systems integrators Thales brings a wealth of experience that we are certain will be translated into developing one of the world’s most advanced air traffic control centres here in Abu Dhabi,” said Talal Al Jouhi, ADAC’s lead negotiator on the deal.

In addition to the control tower deal, it was announced that Thales, recognising the strategic advantages of Abu Dhabi’s location to its regional business, has also made a commitment to set up its Middle East Support Centre at the Abu Dhabi International Airport Business and Logistics Park.

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