Japanese technology firm NEC Corporation has signed a contract with Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation for the supply of aircraft radar systems to three international airports in the country.

Under the JPY2.3bn ($21m) contract, NEC will provide the radar systems for international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw.

Myanmar’s airports have seen an increase in passenger and cargo numbers due to the expansion of economic activities and the relaxation in visa requirements for tourists.

In 2017, the three airports welcomed a total of 7.26 million passengers, compared to 6.5 million in 2013.

In addition, Yangon Airport recorded 55,000t of cargo in 2017, compared to 24,000t in 2013.

Without radar equipment, airports face issues regarding efficiency and safety. To tackle the issue, NEC will supply air traffic control radars, information processing systems and other solutions.

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The equipment will be delivered through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

By October next year, NEC will install airport surveillance radar (ASR), secondary surveillance radar (SSR) and a multi-sensor data processing system (MSDPS) to increase the efficiency and safety of air traffic control services.

ASR is capable of identifying the distance and bearing of aircrafts while SSR obtains the aircraft’s detailed operational information. MSDPS uses the collected information from the radars.

Last month, NEC Corporation introduced a wait time prediction system at the international passenger terminal of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in Japan.

The waiting time forecast system evaluates congestion at the airport’s security inspection area.

In July, Myanmar and Japan revived negotiations to form a joint venture (JV) for the construction of Hanthawaddy International Airport in the Bago Region of Myanmar with an investment of around $1.5bn.