Saab to deploy WAM surveillance systems in Colombia

31 March 2016 (Last Updated March 31st, 2016 18:30)

Saab has received a contract to provide wide area multilateration (WAM) surveillance systems around the cities of Cucuta and Medellin, Colombia, for Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia (Aerocivil).

Saab has received a contract to provide wide area multilateration (WAM) surveillance systems around the cities of Cucuta and Medellin, Colombia, for Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia (Aerocivil).

In collaboration with its local Colombian partner Entelcom, the company will deploy several of its modern upgraded multilateration and ADS-B ground stations, which will enable surveillance of Cucuta and Medellin approach sectors.

The ADS-B next-generation aircraft surveillance system uses global navigation satellites to track the positions of aeroplanes.

Saab's system will enhance the safety of flights traversing the visual corridor between Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (SKMD) and Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (SKRG).

"Saab's multilateration and ADS-B solutions provide air navigation service providers like Aerocivil with the critical surveillance they need."

The technology will provide coverage in areas that are difficult to reach using traditional radar systems.

Saab Traffic Management head Anders Carp said: "Saab's multilateration and ADS-B solutions provide air navigation service providers like Aerocivil with the critical surveillance they need while costing much less than radar-based solutions."

Saab has installed more than half of the multilateration surveillance systems worldwide.

The company serves airports, airlines, military, and civil aviation customers in more than 40 countries.

In September 2015, Norway's air navigation service provider Avinor Air Navigation Services (Avinor ANS) also deployed Saab's WAM technology for surveillance across the country's airports.