The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a long-term contract to 1Spatial to support the digital aeronautical flight information file (DAFIF) upgrade project.

Awarded on behalf of No. 1 Aeronautical Information Documents Unit (AIDU), the contract requires the company to provide the construction and transition implementation phases of the DAFIF 8.1 modernisation.

The upgrade is expected to enable AIDU to maintain and publish aeronautical charts and en-route bulletins that conform to the international standard for aeronautical data.

1Spatial chief executive Marcus Hanke said: "We are looking forward to collaborating on this exciting project, leveraging our skills and technology on a global basis in the aeronautical information industry.

"1Spatial is currently providing support and maintenance for the organisation’s spatial data as part of a contract awarded in 2013."

"This positions 1Spatial well for future international opportunities in this area."

Established in 1953, AIDU is a part of the Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG) and provides specialist aeronautical cartographic information to the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF).

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Operating from RAF Northolt in South Ruislip, the unit provides maps, charts and aeronautical data critical for mission and flight-planning worldwide to defence aircrew, air traffic controllers and aerospace battle managers of UK and allied military forces.

Specifically, the unit is responsible for the production of all aspects of aeronautical data, including arrival, departure and in-flight data, and specialised digital cockpit moving map imagery.

Managed by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), DAFIF is a set of files comprising information on airports, waypoints, navigational aids, special use airspace and other facts related to flying worldwide.

1Spatial is currently providing support and maintenance for the organisation’s spatial data as part of a contract awarded in 2013.

Defence Technology