Philippines signs deal with Sumitomo-Thales JV to modernise aviation safety system

3 June 2013 (Last Updated June 3rd, 2013 18:30)

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in the Philippines has signed a deal with Sumitomo-Thales Joint Venture to deliver CNS/ATM (communications, navigation, and surveillance/air traffic management) systems.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in the Philippines has signed a deal with Sumitomo-Thales Joint Venture to deliver CNS/ATM (communications, navigation, and surveillance/air traffic management) systems.

Under a new contract, the JV will construct an air traffic management building and supply various components, such as automation equipment and terminal radars, which will facilitate the use of the satellite technology-based system.

The new CNS/ATM Systems to be installed over the next two-and-a-half years to modernise country's aviation safety and security capabilities.

The system will provide safety alerts and warnings, as well as help in efficient management of the airspace and air traffic flow, while improving communications and monitoring capabilities of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Installation of the CNS/ATM system is expected to boost airport capacity, cut down flight delays and prevent aircraft collisions.

"The JV will construct an air traffic management building and supply various components, such as automation equipment and terminal radars."

Philippines DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal said that the project will bring the country closer to the highest international aviation safety standards.

"Ultimately, it will also result in more revenues for the government, bolster the country's tourism goals, and lower pollution emission levels through efficient air traffic management," Sagcal said.

The original contract between DOTC and Sumitomo-Thales JV was signed in December 2010, which was turned down by the Commission on Audit (COA) in May 2011.

Both the parties signed an amended contract after COA had a review of its concerns and allowed the deal in March 2013.

Under the CNS/ATM Systems Development Project, the aging communications, surveillance and air traffic control equipment will be replaced at some selected airports across the country.