Indra has secured contracts worth €30m for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project, which aims to enhance airspace safety and reduce the costs of air navigation services.

The company will play a major role in the second phase of the programme, known as SESAR 2020.

Indra will participate in 25 of the 27 projects launched at the beginning of the second phase, and operate as the project leader in two cases.

The SESAR 2020 project aims to transform air travel across Europe by improving safety, punctuality and efficiency, as well as convenience for travellers.

While the first phase of the single European sky programme ended in 2016, the second phase will be implemented over the coming five years.

"The SESAR 2020 project aims to transform air travel across Europe by improving safety, punctuality and efficiency, as well as convenience for travellers."

Work in the SESAR 2020 project phase has been divided into two large categories, with the first scheduled to finish in 2019, and the second being executed between 2019 and 2021.

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The company will lead two of the major projects that mark the commencement of the second phase of the SESAR programme.

The first project aims to develop 4D trajectory-based flight management technology, which would provide aeroplanes with direct routes to increase the accuracy of flight plans and landing times.

To this end, Indra will supply new tools and upgraded capabilities to the 4D trajectory-based flight management systems, thereby providing real-time flight data for the complete aeronautical community.

The programme’s second stage will include the first trials that involve several countries, control centres and aircraft, with an aim to test the systems in an environment that demonstrates the real dimensions and complexity of the future single European sky.

Under the second project, Indra will develop a wide range of common services for flight management personnel across Europe, thereby enabling smoother and coordinated air traffic management while facilitating cost savings.

The company will also deploy upgraded remote control towers, integrate modern voice and satellite communication systems, improve air surveillance and aircraft guidance systems for surface and runway movements, and enhance compatibility between different technologies.