Russian authorities are considering
a proposal from Lockheed Martin ATM to deploy a version of its new oceanic
control system to oversee large sections of Russian airspace presently lacking
Under the scheme between two and
four air traffic management centres in northern Russia would be equipped with
the system, providing controllers with capabilities to monitor aircraft using
automatic dependent surveillance (ADS) as well as through standard procedural
Russia is already undertaking a
programme to improve airspace monitoring throughout the country, scheduled to
be completed by 2005, which involves deploying air traffic infrastructure based
on ADS technology.
The installations would provide
airspace control in a region which will become increasingly important as
transpolar routes develop between North American and Asia-Pacific destinations.
Lockheed Martin ATM and consortium
partners Adacel and ARINC have derived the system from equipment already in use
at New Zealand’s oceanic control centre. In May this year the US FAA announced
that it would use the technology to modernise its Oakland, New York and
Anchorage control centres, which together handle 23 million miles2
(60 million km2) of oceanic airspace.
The New Zealand system can handle
radar, ADS and high-frequency radio position reports as well as
controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) and includes features such as
a real-time conflict probe and electronic flight-strip processing.
Following the FAA decision the
industry team has been keen to seek other marketing opportunities for the
oceanic system and Lockheed Martin ATM president Don Antonucci says that the
company has put forward an initial proposal to install a version of the
equipment in Russia.
“These installations would provide
control for the first time in areas currently unserved by radar, and modernise
cross-polar air traffic management for flights from North America - saving time
and fuel costs for airlines,” he says.
“These improvements can also open
airspace, generate revenues via overflight and landing fees and thus contribute
to economic development and progress in the region.”
Lockheed Martin has this week opened
a new representative office in Moscow which will enable the company to address
civil aviation infrastructure needs in Russia and other former Soviet states.
It has already agreed to modernise infrastructure in Georgia and is looking to
carry out projects in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.