RAAF air traffic controller

Selex ES has teamed with BAE Systems Australia to submit a joint proposal for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) AIR 5431 Phase 2 project, which aims to enhance operational efficiency of the country’s defence air traffic control (ATC) operations.

Submitted last week, the proposal covers the installation of an ATC radar, tower transmitters and approach automation systems to help improve security protection at RAAF’s nine fixed air bases throughout the country.

Leveraging Selex’s expertise, innovation and reliability in delivering secure air operations through its air surveillance radars in over 150 countries, the solution is also expected to enable wider interoperability between military and civil air traffic management systems, thus ensuring continued safe and reliable air traffic control.

Selex ES regional marketing vice president Michael Lenton said the defence air traffic system (DATS), delivered by the team in 1993, needs to be replaced due to generational change, despite proving to be highly reliable over the years.

”By joining forces with BAE Systems Australia a second time, we’re building on our strong track record and ensuring that the cutting edge technology of our radar systems will continue to enjoy the best local support services for a cost effective and dependable solution,” Lenton added.

”This teaming approach will further strengthen our presence in Australia and will allow us to work in co-operation to promote key technologies.”

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BAE Systems Australia Business Development and Land & Integrated Systems director Kim Scott said: ”In teaming with Selex ES, we bring together our complementary strengths, combining technological excellence with leading integrated system support.”

The contract is expected to be awarded in 2014, while deliveries will commence from September 2017.

Spread over three phases, the AIR 5431 project seeks acquisition of a new defence air traffic management and control system (DATMCS) for replacement of the existing DATS, which was procured under AIR 5186, and is scheduled to reach life of type (LOT) in 2015.

Image: Selex-BAE solution aims to enhance operational efficiency of the RAAF’s air traffic control missions. Photo: Courtesy of LAC Christopher Dickson / © Commonwealth of Australia.

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