Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) has selected Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) to supply remote tower systems.

Under the 20-year framework agreement, SDATS will install remote towers at Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Airport, as well as a remote tower centre at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The contract also includes a provision for other airports and functions.

SDATS CEO Per Ahl said: “We are proud to be trusted by LVNL to deliver digital towers for their future air traffic control infrastructure. This contract will be the first to cover a countrywide implementation.

“With our second generation of digital towers, the Netherlands will possess new world-class capabilities. We see LVNL as a perfect partner to further enhance our concept in the coming decade.”

The delivery of the towers will commence next year, with operations expected to begin in 2021.

The digital air traffic control solution was launched in Sweden in 2015. Örnsköldsvik Airport was the first airport to use remote air traffic control.

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LVNL Regional Unit general manager Hans-Peter Spies said: “Saab has proven itself capable of delivering a solid remote tower technology.

“The Saab approach distinguishes itself in its attention to the switch from the current way of handling traffic to handling it with a remote tower. Saab will support us in the further development of the system, safety analyses and training courses for air traffic controllers.”

Established in 2016, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions is a joint venture between Saab and the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration (LFV).

Last year, SDATS was contracted to install and operate digital towers at Scandinavian Mountains Airport in Sälen, Sweden.

In 2017, SDATS secured a contract from Cranfield University, UK, to deploy a digital air traffic control (ATC) system at Cranfield Airport.