Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, the newly developed company of Sweden-based defence and security firm Saab and the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider (LFV), will provide remote air traffic services in the European country.

To this aim, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Scandinavian Mountains Airport, while the contract is expected to be signed during the first quarter of next year.

Located in Rörbäcksnäs between Sälen in Sweden and Trysil in Norway, the Scandinavian Mountains Airport will be the world’s first airport built without a traditional air traffic control (ATC) tower.

Scandinavian Mountains Airport chief executive officer Brett Weihart said: “We will have flexibility in the provision of air traffic control services and that will offer major benefits in meeting the varying seasonal traffic volumes.

“This is a brand new form of needs-driven air traffic control.”

Saab, in collaboration with LFV, has developed the new remote air traffic service concept, Remote Tower.

Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions chief executive officer Johan Klintberg said: “This letter of intent indicates that future airports will have digital solutions instead of towers.

"This letter of intent indicates that future airports will have digital solutions instead of towers."

“This makes it possible for an airport to utilise air traffic services during the times it is required. In turn, this means more airports remain economically viable and so operational, and thereby contribute to a vibrant countryside.”

Remote Tower is the only remote air traffic service solution in the world that has received approval for operation when, on 21 April last year, air traffic at Örnsköldsvik Airport came under the control of the Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Saab offers products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security.

Image: An aeroplane and ATC tower. Photo: courtesy of Saab.