US-based Aireon has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to develop a concept of operations for the installation of Aireon's space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) service in the country.

DCA delivers air traffic control (ATC), air navigation, aeronautical information and telecommunication services for aircraft operating within the Yangon Flight Information Region (FIR).

DCA Myanmar Air Navigation Safety director Soe Paing said: “We look forward to working with Aireon on the concept of operations. We have many challenges installing ground-based surveillance solutions, due to the remote and diverse terrain in our region.

"The Aireon service will offer us increased safety and visibility that exceeds the capabilities of ground-based infrastructure."

“We are growing at almost 10% annually and need to ensure that airspace safety is one of our top priorities.

“The Aireon service will offer us increased safety and visibility that exceeds the capabilities of ground-based infrastructure.”

DCA controls a busy air traffic thoroughfare between Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with some of its territory being ocean-based where the availability of terrestrial-based systems is limited.

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Aireon Aviation Services vice-president Cyriel Kronenburg said: “We recognise the challenges that Myanmar faces. The Aireon service will allow DCA to utilise next-generation air traffic surveillance, in real-time, without the need for large investments in ground-based infrastructure.”

In February, Aireon signed a data service agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), and it also has a long-standing MoA with the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The collaboration with neighbouring regions will help Aireon significantly expand its space-based ADS-B service, provide additional direct routes and real-time visibility, and reduce carbon emissions.