Era wins new air traffic management business in South Africa

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SRA International subsidiary Era Systems was awarded a contract by South Africa's air navigation service provider to supply wide area and surface surveillance at Cape Town International Airport.

Virginia-based Era is supplying the wide area multilateration system (WAS), which is the first WAS system certified in Africa for air traffic control separation services in terminal areas and en-route airspace.

The WAM system supplied by ERA provides surveillance 60 nautical miles out from Cape Town airport.

Data from the Era WAM was fused and tracked along with primary radar, traditional multi-mode secondary surveillance radar (MSSR) and ADS-B data in the Thales Eurocat x atm system as part of certification from the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

"The integration of wide area multilateration and ADS-B data into the ATM system, along with the operational certification by the South African CAA is an important step forward in the global acceptance and adoption of these technologies as valid alternatives for MSSR," says Era.

Era has two other African agreements in place, one pace with the Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and a contract to supply nationwide coverage in Nambia down to FL 145.