UK air traffic control service provider NATS has awarded a contract to defence and security company Saab to install a remote tower demonstrator suite at its Swanwick Control Centre.
The contract seeks to demonstrate NATS’ ability to provide remote and digital air traffic control service.
NATS airports director Mike Stoller said: “Digital remote towers are a hugely exciting technological development for our industry.
"Delivering airport air traffic services remotely from centralised locations could be transformational for our customers and we are actively exploring a number of potential opportunities.
“Having this demonstrator facility at Swanwick gives us a compelling shop window in which to highlight our capability and a possible solution that we can offer our airport customers.”
In June 2016, Saab and Swedish air navigation service provider LFV formed Saab Digital Air Traffic solutions, which provides planning, commissioning and operating remote air traffic services.
The Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall airports in Sweden are currently controlled through the Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in Sundsvall.
The Linköping airport, scheduled to become operational this year, will be the third remotely controlled airport.
In December 2015, the joint venture signed a signed a letter of intent with Scandinavian Mountains Airport to provide remote air traffic services.
The company has also completed successfully test installations in Australia, the US, the Netherlands, Norway and Ireland at various environments.