Thales has secured a contract to implement a new air traffic management system for the Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).

Under the terms of the deal, the company will modernise and enhance air traffic services at six sites, including the Norman Manley and Sangster International airports, and three radar sites.

The contract also includes the upgrade of the country’s air traffic control (ATC) centre located in Kingston.

Thales will deploy an L-Band Primary radar linked with the Mode-S MSSR Radar at Mount Denham.

"We take pride in being able to help the JCCA maintain the highest air safety standards."

Meanwhile, the Kingston and Montego Bay sites will be equipped with one Mode-S MSSR radar each.

All radar sites will link to the Kingston ATC centre, which will be equipped with the Thales TopSky-ATC to ensure maximum coverage of the Jamaican airspace.

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The contract also covers the provision of support and logistics services.

Thales air traffic management activities vice-president Jean-Marc Alias said: "Thales is the leader in air traffic management in Latin America and the Caribbean, and worldwide.

"Jamaica is one of the largest and busiest tourist destinations in the region and we take pride in being able to help the JCCA maintain the highest air safety standards for this beautiful and vibrant country."

According to Thales, TopSky ATC features HMI and controller tools, and meets all the requirements of Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) and next-generation platforms.

The system is also compatible with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) aviation system block upgrades.