Air Navigation and Weather Services (ANWS), a division of the Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), has selected Thales to upgrade the airport surveillance systems in the Taitung, Hualien and Songshan regions.

According to the agreement, Thales will replace the existing technology at these airports with new radar systems.

The selected airports are said to support Taiwan’s domestic air travel network while Songshan also facilitates international travel to China, Japan and Korea.

Thales will deploy its STAR NG primary surveillance radars, which will be co-mounted with its RSM NG secondary surveillance radars.

The company claims that its new surveillance system has been designed to deliver the ‘highest levels’ of detection and cybersecurity to fulfil ANWS’ surveillance requirements. 

Under the contract, Thales will supply, install and provide factory and training to ANWS staff for maintaining the radars and associated equipment.

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The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

Once completed, the new technology will further enhance ANWS’s air traffic control (ATC) capacity with new capabilities and functions.

Thales Taiwan chairman and CEO Alain CORREIA said: “Ensuring safety and reliability in aviation is a cornerstone of ANWS’s long term goal to modernise their air traffic control infrastructure.

“We are proud that they have trusted Thales’ ATM technology since we installed the first Thales radars at Taoyuan Airport twenty years ago.

“As Taiwan continues to develop its international and domestic aviation sector, we look forward to supporting them in their ambitions to become a leading aviation hub in Asia.”

In December last year, Thales and Aeronav agreed to deliver new communication, navigation surveillance/air traffic management systems to Haiti’s civil aviation authority.