The Southern Ring Air Route Project's automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) demonstrations are set to move to Mongolia in September.

The Southern Ring project is a European Commission (EC)-funded programme led by Sweden's Civil Aviation Administration subsidiary Swedavia. The project is aimed at encouraging safe and efficient aircraft operation in the former Soviet Union states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, plus Mongolia. Last year Azerbaijan launched a programme to demonstrate the safety and capacity benefits of ADS-B, followed this year by the programme's extension to Georgia.

In the latest stage of the project, ADS-B equipment is to be shipped to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, this month to establish an ADS-B ground station, while two Mongolian Airlines Antonov An-24s will be equipped with ADS-B avionics for a demonstration of the technology in September. The extension of the programme to Mongolia follows a request by the country's civil aviation authority to conduct a limited ADS-B demonstration in Ulan Bator.

The project is due to end in mid-October, but the states involved are keen to extend it.

Source: Flight International