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Thales to Install Surveillance Radar and Air Traffic Control Equipment at Ashgabat Airport

Monday 26 March 2012

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (Thales press release) – Air traffic control (ATC) experts at the Thales Group in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, are installing an air traffic management (ATM) system at Ashgabat Airport – one of two international airports in Turkmenistan – under terms of a contract awarded to Thales by the TURKMENHOWAYOLLARY State Civil Aviation Department (SCAD) in Turkmenistan.

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Eurocat became TopSky. With this rebranding, Thales aims at communicating on its new automation solutions range, integrating the latest technological features, and offering to all of its customers evolutionary and cost effective solutions within a unique worldwide product strategy.

Thales will build and install the company’s latest-generation TopSky ATM system and the STAR 2000 S-band primary airport surveillance radar co-mounted with a secondary RSM970S mode S radar at Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat Airport. The TopSky equipment will control aircraft operating at Ashgabat Airport through departure, en-route, and approach phases, Thales officials say. No dollar amount of the contract was released.

Thales engineers also will integrated communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) equipment at Ashgabat Airport, as well as provide operator training, in an effort to modernize the airport’s existing navigation, surveillance, and ATM capabilities.

The STAR 2000 is a primary surveillance radar for approach and extended approach control area. The radar system has a range of 60 to 100 nautical miles, solid-state design, and can be installed with multimode surveillance capability such as ADS-B or multilateration.

Ashgabat Airport is about six miles northwest of the Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat. The airport has an air traffic control tower and three runways, including 12L/30R, which is a 12,467-foot precision-approach runway – slightly longer than the longest runway at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.

Ashgabat’s other two runways are the 1,800-meters 11/29, and the 2989-meters 12R/30L. All runways are paved, but the shortest runway, 11/29, is not lighted.

Thales introduces TopSky ATM equipment this month, which is new branding for all Thales Eurocat, Simcat, Flowcat, aeronautical information management and integrated tower products. This change of name reflects a 10-year vision of Thales executives for their company’s automation equipment.

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