Indra and Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) have signed a contract to upgrade air traffic management (ATM) systems at Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize.
Under the more than $4m contract, Indra will renovate the surveillance radar and deploy an advanced flight information centre to handle traffic flows at the airport.
The contract will also involve implementing pilot messaging systems (AFTN/AIM), and analogue and digital voice recording systems.
Indra will provide the control centre with advanced billing systems enabling Belize Civil Aviation to bill for services provided to airlines as well as replace the ageing paper system at air traffic controller positions with an electronic flight strips system.
Meanwhile, the control centre will use the latest NAM3 protocol, which will help improve its interoperability and coordination with other control centres across the region.
These modernised facilities are expected to be installed at all COCESNA centres.
Additionally, the company will install the Mode S radar station with a digital receiver to improve air traffic surveillance, providing precise information to the control centre and enabling it to manage increased air traffic while maintaining high safety standards.
Last month, COCESNA awarded a $12m contract to Indra to upgrade the San Jose Air Control Centre and the control tower systems that handle the approach and landing manoeuvres in the primary international airports of Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica.
Indra has so far deployed its systems in more than 4,000 facilities in 160 countries.
Image: Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize, Central America. Photo: courtesy of Pgbk87.