The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has signed a joint operational concept deal with Airservices Australia to implement an integrated national air traffic management system.

Under the contract, RAAF and Airservices will jointly purchase and develop compatible equipment and technology to provide safer and better-planned air traffic control over the nation’s skies.

The system will reduce overlaps, increase cooperation, improve communication between civil and military air traffic control and deliver better training for air traffic controllers.

It will also align procurement processes to replace aging aircraft, and separate air traffic management infrastructure and systems in the organisations.

Airservices and the RAAF will carry out major equipment upgrades and replacement over the next five to seven years, under the agreement.

Both the organisation will purchase automation systems, tower automation systems, radar and navigational aid equipment, and training and simulation systems.

The Australian Government will ensure that the unique operational requirements of the RAAF are maintained under the harmonised arrangements.