Spanish technology and consulting firm Indra has secured a contract to deliver and install air navigation systems across 17 airports in Africa.

Under the €15m ($16.1m) contract, the company will supply its Normarc instrument landing system (ILS) and distance measuring equipment (DME) at the airports.

These airports are operated by ASECNA, an intergovernmental organisation that provides air navigation services to 17 countries in Africa.

For this turnkey project, Indra will be tasked with installation, commissioning, training and providing hardware.

It will supply 12 DMEs, 18 localisers and 14 glide paths, the last two of these being ILS’ basic elements.

ILSs and DMEs are radio navigation systems designed to help aeroplanes make safe landings.

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An ILS system provides an aircraft with lateral and vertical guidance to the runway, while a DME measures the distance between the plane and the runway threshold.

Indra will deploy these systems across airports in Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritania, Chad, Togo, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Indra Norway CEO Eldar Hauge said: “The scope of deliverables is huge.

“It is also the first time we take end-to-end responsibility of the installations for ASECNA.

“We are delighted to be trusted once again by our longtime partner.”

Indra has also agreed to deliver navigational aids to ASECNA’s Maintenance Laboratory in Senegal.

It will offer technical training for Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (ATSEP) in the factory and on site.

ASECNA director-general Mohamed Moussa said: “Access to Indra’s technical expertise through the test benches installed in its NAV maintenance laboratory and the educational platforms for practical training for the delivery of ATSEP qualifications, are also of great added value for us.”

Last month, Frequentis installed its advanced aviation message handling system (AMHS) across ASECNA member nations.

The system aims to increase communication capability and support the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s basic and extended AMHS service profiles.