The Royal Australian Air Force is acquiring three Defence Deployable Air Traffic Management and Control Systems from Indra Australia.
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The DDATMCS allow the RAAF to deploy airfield and airspace management capability anywhere in the world for Defence, humanitarian aid or disaster relief operations, according to the announcement on 17 April.
The systems allow the RAAF to manage and safely support incoming flights when air traffic management infrastructure does not exist or has been damaged by disaster or warfighting.
“This system will replace Air Force’s previous capability and will provide increased flexibility and deployment options, providing important upgrades in deployed airspace and airfield management,” Indra Australia managing director Tehmur Khan Galindo said.
“The achievement of this critical milestone demonstrates Indra’s commitment to the Australian market and to providing mission critical systems to Australia, through an ongoing partnership between Indra and the ADF.
“We will now leverage this experience in support of future programs, with the aim of becoming a strategic partner for the modernisation and digitisation of the Armed Forces.”
Two of the systems use deployable and transportable 3D medium range surveillance radar, to be manned by two operator positions each and are intended for rapid deployment by air, land or sea for operations of a short duration.
They also feature Indra’s Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar with Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe, and Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast for early detection of both cooperative and non-cooperative targets.
The third system will support larger and more permanent RAAF deployments through an integrated area control centre with up to six operator positions.
Indra Australia has partnered with Australian company Daronmont Technologies, which has a head office in Melbourne and 120-staff software facility in Adelaide, to manufacture the mobile control centres in South Australia.