Thales and Aeronav have agreed to offer new communication, navigation surveillance (CNS)/ air traffic management (ATM) systems to the Office National de l’Aviation Civile (OFNAC), the civil aviation authority of Haiti.

The aim is to enable safe and modernised airspace management in the country.

The Government of Haiti and InterAmerican Development Bank will finance this $11m contract.

Under this contract, Thales will provide its TopSky – AIM solution, which includes a wide spectrum of aeronautical information management, traceability and accessibility functions.

In order to help air traffic controllers optimise flight routes, the firm will also offer its TopSky – ATC en route control and tower management solution.

Besides, Thales will deliver a RSM970S monopulse secondary surveillance radar to assist controllers in complex traffic conditions.

It will also offer two fully redundant ADS-B Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast stations and cooperative surveillance system, which gives data on aircraft positions throughout the flight.

Together, Thales and Aeronav will deploy these systems, in an effort to help Haiti’s air traffic management capabilities align with the standards of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Thales said that its solutions are interoperable other ATM centres located in neighbouring countries, thereby enhancing coordination of air operations.

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti has cut down the quality and quantity of air traffic control equipment.

As a result of this, so far, Haiti managed air traffic with procedural controls, using radio communications between aircraft and controllers on the ground.

Thales Airspace Mobility Solutions vice-president Christian Rivierre said: “Thales is a trusted partner of OFNAC in Haiti and has been working with the authority for more than 20 years to develop the country’s air traffic control, surveillance and navigation modernisation plan.

“The new solutions will take Haiti into a new era of safe and efficient air traffic management.”