Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has contracted UAE-based Bayanat Engineering to upgrade air traffic control (ATC) communication systems at the Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports.

Under the terms of the contract, Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) will be provided with Park Air Sapphire portfolio products, including the new Park Air T6 Radio.

The Park Air T6 Radio will be deployed at five radio sites at both airports.

The new system will support both legacy E1 and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) connectivity.

"To develop a radio of such advanced capability is a credit to our engineers."

This will help radio channels to be connected to a network of Park Air S4 IP controllers, as well as legacy voice-switch systems for the two airports.

DANS will be provided with simultaneous call transmission (SCT) detection system by the Park Air T6 Radio.

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The SCT enables the Park Air T6 Radio receiver to identify two pilots speaking simultaneously, and alert the air traffic controller to take necessary action.

Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems managing director Danny Milligan said: "To develop a radio of such advanced capability is a credit to our engineers.

"The new Park Air T6 Radio not only delivers a significant step forward in terms of performance, but also contributes to our environmental obligations.

"It is the lightest and smallest radio in its class, its power consumption has been minimised and toxic materials such as beryllia and lithium, which are traditionally required in radio designs, have been excluded."

The delivery of the new system is scheduled to begin this month.