ESC upgrades Iraq air traffic control system

3 October 2011 (Last Updated October 3rd, 2011 18:30)

Electronic Systems Center (ESC) has delivered two new control tower systems and radar and ATC-tower simulators to Iraq to improve the country's air traffic control system.

Electronic Systems Center (ESC) has delivered two new control tower systems and radar and ATC-tower simulators to Iraq to improve the country's air traffic control system.

The new tower systems were installed at Tikrit and Taji Airbases and will enable Iraqi personnel to manage their airspace in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

Through the new simulators, the Iraqi Government will be able to train its civilian air traffic control operators and military to maintain proficiency.

The site acceptance testing for a radar integration effort at Baghdad Area Control Center (BACC), which includes radars located at Baghdad Airport, Kirkuk and Basrah air bases, was completed in September.

Radar feeds from these locations are incorporated into a single airspace picture through network equipment at the sites and software modifications to the existing automation system at the BACC.

This integration will give the Iraqi Air Force a baseline air traffic control picture and access to future radar approach control services.