The UK's air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS has contracted Indra to deliver the latest interoperability Through European Collaboration (iTEC) technology to upgrade its air traffic management (ATM) systems.

The current deal is a major part of NATS’ investment plan over the next ten years, and will help transform the company’s air traffic control (ATC) operations in support of the Single European Sky (SES) project.

NATS technical services director Rob Watkins said: “iTEC provides the most advanced technology for ATC operations and is core to our transformation programme as we modernise our capabilities.

“Once in place, the new systems will reduce controller workload, increase individual flight efficiency and support greater overall traffic capacity in UK airspace.

“iTEC is key to the future success of managing some of the busiest airspaces in the world and we’re delighted to be working with Indra in delivering the next generation of iTEC into our operation.”

"The new systems will reduce controller workload, increase individual flight efficiency and support greater overall traffic capacity in UK airspace."

Under the terms of the deal, Indra is required to develop and integrate the latest flight data processor (FDP) and controller working position (CWP) systems, established within the iTEC collaboration.

The contract also specifies Indra’s support for implementing iTEC into full operational service at Prestwick and Swanwick control centres.

Indra ATM European Programmes director general Rafael Gallego said: “We are extremely pleased to sign this contract and deliver the iTEC system that will support NATS and their future management of UK airspace.”

The contract is the first to be awarded by the UK ANSP to Indra within a new ten-year framework agreement established in May.


Image: Indra ATM European Programmes director general Rafael Gallego with NATS technical services director Rob Watkins. Photo: courtesy of NATS.