China completes Chengdu ATM system upgrade

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Chinese civil aviation authorities have completed site acceptance of a new air traffic control system at Chengdu in the southwest region of the country as part of their continuing modernisation of air traffic management systems.

Thales ATM says in a statement that the equipment was accepted by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport, which is on the busy air route between Bangkok and London.

As part of the contract, which was awarded in 2000, Thales ATM supplied its Eurocat 2000 air traffic management system and STAR 2000 primary surveillance radar, including an RSM 970S monopulse secondary surveillance radar. The French company says the system is designed for both terminal approach control and en route control areas.

Last year the CAAC awarded Thales ATM a major contract to upgrade the country’s main airspace control centres under the so-called Northern, Eastern and Southern Area Control Centre programme, or NESACC.