Russian airspace management authorities have inaugurated a
new French-built air traffic control system at Kazan in the republic of Tatarstan.
Situated at Kazan International Airport the new system is
based on the Eurocat airspace control suite manufactured by the Thales ATM
joint venture, formerly known as Airsys ATM.
Designed for both civil and military air traffic control the
Tatarstan system features 16 controller positions as well as a simulator and
Russian state aviation research institute GosNIIAS has
assisted in the development and integration of software for the new equipment.
The Eurocat installation includes a human-machine interface with Cyrillic text,
and the system is capable of process metric-based co-ordinate data and east
European secondary surveillance radar information.
“This system will allow the republic of Tatarstan to
reinforce flight safety,” says Tatarstan prime minister Rustam Minnikhanov. “It
will also allow us to attract foreign air transport companies in addition to
Russian airlines to use our airspace and the facilities of the modernised Kazan
Tatarstan controllers have undergone an intensive
three-month training course at France’s Ecole National d’Aviation Civile as
well as the Bordeaux air traffic control centre in preparation for conducting
operations with the system.
The installation also includes an en route solid-state
primary radar, two instrument landing systems, navigational aids and
Tartarstan’s system is the latest in a series of airspace modernisation
projects undertaken by Thales ATM in the Russia and former Soviet republics.
Other programmes have included supplying air traffic
management systems to the Kazakhstan capital Astana and the city of Almaty, upgrading
the air navigation systems of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and refurbishing
Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek International Airport. Last year the company also inaugurated
an combined en route and approach centre in Armenia.