A contract to modernise the French air traffic management system has been awarded to Saab and CS Group by the Direction des Services de la Navigation Aerienne (DSNA).

Under the contract, the partners will be responsible for modernising the towers and approach control centres at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Le Bourget and Orly airports.

Work will start at Paris CDG airport to upgrade the advanced-surface movement ground control and surveillance (A-SMGCS) system.

Saab Integrated Air Traffic suite will be responsible for delivering air traffic controllers with modern tools to help control traffic safely and efficiently.

“Our new partners will provide the tools that will allow the French Air Traffic Controllers to perform at a high-degree and meet safety and capacity requirements.”

DSNA CEO Maurice Georges said: “The volume and the complexity of air traffic in the Paris area presents many challenges. I have confidence that our new partners will provide the tools that will allow the French air traffic controllers to perform at a high-degree and meet safety and capacity requirements.”

Saab Air Traffic Management head of business Mike Gerry said: “We are proud to have been selected to help DSNA meet the challenges of the increasing air traffic control demands in the Paris region. We believe that working with local companies like CS Group is an important part of the success of this project and our business.”

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CS Information Systems CEO Khaled Draz said: “CS Group is pleased to be working, alongside Saab on this ambitious project. This is an opportunity to strengthen our partnership with DSNA and support them in their increasing challenges of air traffic control safety and security.”

Saab Air Traffic Management’s solutions include surveillance sensors, air traffic control automation, and digital towers. Saab’s solutions are being used by air navigation service providers, airports, and airlines in more than 100 locations across 45 countries on six continents.