Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, a European subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has delivered the first part of the air traffic management communications systems to Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (ATCN).

The system, which was installed at Maastricht Aachen Airport, is the first of 14 radio systems to become operational.

The radio system includes monitoring and control, and is part of the full voice communication control system (VCCS) replacement programme that ATCN will complete in 2014.

The digital end-to-end VCCS consists of the company’s GAREX 220 switching systems and PAE T6 air-ground radios, and are installed at sites across the Netherlands.

The VCCS will provide fully integrated air traffic control voice communications across all ATCN-controlled airspace.

Under the voice communications programme, more than 500 radio systems will be installed at radio sites at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde and Vlissingen.

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"Our integration of the GAREX Voice Communication Control System with PAE radio equipment, underpinned by our extensive expertise and experience, has set the industry standard in communication systems for air traffic management," said Eldar Hauge, Norway managing director for Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems.

The ATCN area control unit handles 500,000 flights a year, and its four tower and approach control units handle 600,000 flights per year.