Russia inaugurates new ATC system in Tatarstan

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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 recording facilities.

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 Airport.”

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 communications equipment.

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.