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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 24 February 2008

CAAS and Thales ink contract for new Air Traffic Control System


CAAS and Thales Ink Contract for New Air Traffic Control System
LORADS III will improve efficiency of operations, enabling greener skies
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Thales today signed the contract for the supply of the new Air Traffic Control system, LORADS III (Long Range Radar and Display Systems III). LORADS III, a state-of-the-art next-generation air traffic control (ATC) system, will enable air traffic controllers to safely handle increasing air traffic beyond the next decade.
The contract was signed by CAAS' Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lim Kim Choon and Mr Alexandre de Juniac, Senior Vice President of Thales' Air Systems Business. Valued at over S$300 million, the contract was awarded after a rigorous qualification and evaluation process.
Under the terms of the agreement, Thales will design, manufacture, test and commission the ATC system. Thales will also provide comprehensive after-sale support, including factory level hardware and software repair and support services from its new regional Customer Support Centre in Singapore.
LORADS III will allow air traffic controllers to tap on advanced surveillance and communications technologies, with tighter safety nets and streamlined air traffic management processes. The system will improve the efficiency of ATC operations through better sequencing of flights, enabling aircraft to fly at more optimum flight levels, speeds and routes. This approach ultimately translates into savings in both time and fuel, enabling greener skies.
Mr Lim said, "CAAS' emphasis has always been to meet the needs of our customers by leveraging on cutting-edge technologies. The LORADS III ATC System is just one example. Overall, LORADS III will position Singapore ATC to better meet the challenges of air traffic management in the years ahead."
Said Mr de Juniac, "CAAS and Thales are embarking upon next-generation air traffic management systems. We will continue to capitalise on our expertise as critical systems and equipment supplier, to implement breakthrough technologies, innovative functionalities and developments and to design operational concepts taking into account the environment. We are proud to pursue our long-standing partnership with CAAS which can pride themselves in having a high safety record and service excellence."

Source: Media Release 20 Feb 2008

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