Global technology and consulting firm Indra has secured a contract from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) to upgrade navigational aids at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Under this contract, Indra will supply its Normarc instrument landing system (ILS) and distance measuring equipment (DME) as part of the modernisation of the airport’s northern runway.

Indra’s Normarc ILS will help aircraft land safely on the runway during poor visibility conditions.

It will also deliver a landing system with an ultrawide antenna system called Normarc Ultrawide Localizer. This will enable DXB to boost its capacity by minimising the separation between taxiing aircraft.

With these navigational aids, DXB anticipates improved landing safety and operational efficiency at the airport.

In 2017, Indra installed a similar system at the southern runway.

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The company said that such systems have also been deployed and are used at other international airports such as Heathrow (LHR) and Zürich (ZRH). 

Indra Norway CEO Eldar Hauge said: “When time is limited it is important to work with a professional partner. We have an excellent relationship with DAEP and we are confident we will succeed with this prestigious project.

“The Dubai airports have the highest quality standards and we are proud to be repeatedly trusted.”

Indra has established itself as one of the key providers of navigation, voice communication and tower systems for air traffic control (ATC) devices to Dubai airports.

It noted that its InNOVA tower system is currently being used by Dubai’s air traffic controllers for monitoring incoming aircraft and ground traffic.

Last October, DXB and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) contracted Indra for its digital voice IP communication system called Garex 300.