Indra has been appointed to install an Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) network across 17 African countries and a range of French departments in the Indian Ocean region.
The consulting and technology company was chosen by the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) to monitor the airspace in these regions.
The new network will allow ASECNA air traffic controllers to spot arriving or en route aircraft.
Indra's ADS-B surveillance staions will be installed in African Republic, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, as well as the French departments.
The company will also implement central ADS-B servers and data-merging facilities for improved visualisation at the 17 ASECNA centres.
Under the terms of the deal, Indra will provide a complete training programme to ASECNA technicians, and deploy ADS-B systems at airports and remote stations.
ASECNA will share data generated by the ADS-B systems with control centres through its own communications network, and control and manage the status of the ADS-B stations.
Indra has developed its air surveillance systems based on the demands of the SESAR research and development (R&D) programme.
The company won a contract from Papua New Guinea's Navigation Service Corporation to deliver a secondary radar network, and modernise the region's HF communications system.
Last week, Indra received two more contracts that included the deployment of one of its primary radars in South Korea and a radar station at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.
Image: Indra will install an ADS-B surveillance network across 17 African countries and the Indian Ocean. Photo: courtesy of Indra.