Cassidian, the Defence & Security division of EADS, has been chosen by China Harbour & Engineering Company (CHEC) of Sri Lanka to install a secure TETRA radio communication network at the Hambantota International Airport.
The system, known as Claricor, will be implemented by the Sri Lanka-based company Queens Radio Marine Electronics in co-operation with Cassidian engineers based in India.
Claricor is Cassidian's solution for small to medium-sized networks, which also offers several advanced functions of larger networks, including secure voice and data services, individual calls, group calls and dispatcher functionalities.
Cassidian's Indian Subcontinent head of sales and marketing for public safety, Ehud Weizman, said: "It is our second TETRA system in the country."
"The first system of this type is in the final stage of implementation and about to start operations at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo," Weizman said.
The new network will include an Automatic Vehicle Location function, which could potentially be integrated with planned airport security systems.
Claricor can also be expanded from covering a small group of users served by a single site to become a fully-fledged network meeting requirement of several thousand subscribers.
CHEC had commenced construction on the Hambantota International Airport Terminal in April, 2011.
The airport is expected to open in September 2012 and it will have a 370m long and 60m wide stub taxiway.
Hambantota Airport will also feature 20,000m² passenger terminal building, 10,000m² cargo building and an air traffic control tower at 35m high.