Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has signed a contract with Leonardo, an Italian multinational company specialising in aerospace, defence and security, for installing and operating an advanced radar, named Approach Surveillance Radar PSR and MSSR (primary and secondary radars), at Hamad International Airport.

The contract was signed by CAA Financial and Administrative Affairs Department director and Tender Committee chair Ali Hamad Al-Kuwari and Leonardo branch director Abdallah Mroue.

The new radar will be added to existing radars at HIA.

It will also help in keeping pace with the growing capacity of the airport and Qatari airspaces, resulting in the enhancement of air traffic surveillance, air navigation safety and security.

The radar will be used in monitoring aircraft movement and identifying them within Qatar’s airspace and nearby areas within a coverage range of almost 230 nautical miles.

The device will also enable control over air navigation space during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022.

In October, HIA secured independent verification from British Standards Institution (BSI) for the implementation of Covid-19 ICAO Aviation Health Safety Protocols.

BSI conducted verification after the successful audits for Compliance to International Civil Aviation Organisation Civil Aviation Recovery Taskforce (ICAO CART).

In September, OSI Systems’ security division secured a contract to deliver a range of security inspection systems to Hamad International Airport.

The $59m order was awarded by the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management (MATAR).

In a separate development in the Middle East airport segment, Bahrain’s new Bahrain International Airport Air Traffic Control Center building will be ready and delivered by the end of this year, reported Bahrain News Agency.