Frequentis will supply its end-to-end internet protocol (IP) voice communications system (VCS) and airfield management system (AFM) under the arrangement.
Under the OneSKY program, the Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) from Airservices and the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Australian Defence Air Traffic System (ADATS) will be replaced with a single integrated system to enable safety and capability improvements in conjunction with economic savings and reliability, and deliver a harmonised Civil-Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS).
CMATS will be used by Airservices and the RAAF, unifying all of the separate air traffic management systems currently in use and replacing dated systems nearing their end of service.
Frequentis said the shared situational awareness and a single flight information region (FIR) across Australia will enable full utilisation of a flexible airspace regime with flight information able to be obtained by any controller at any time.
"We are honored to have been selected for this ground-breaking project within the Air Traffic Management community, helping Australia to streamline air traffic services. Frequentis is dedicated to supporting customers worldwide with innovative projects to support their demands," Frequentis Australasia managing director Martin Rampl said.
"This subcontract creates 15 highly qualified engineering jobs in Australia, with 10 of them already staffed as part of the 30 highly-skilled team at Frequentis Australasia, located in Melbourne and Brisbane. Frequentis will also transfer intellectual property and technology know-how to continue to enhance this core competence in Australia. This will enable future regional export opportunities to be delivered from Australia."
The contract signing is a step forward for the project, which was only recently taken off Defence's projects of concern list.
Under the contract, upgrades to the Airservices Australia sites and the implementation of VCS and AFM at 12 Defence locations across Australia will take place. This includes the latest generation of Secure (Red/Black) voice communication systems and the Frequentis smartTools product suite.
"We are very pleased that Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence rely on the partnership between Thales and Frequentis to provide Australia with a future-proof and advanced air traffic management system, which will reduce delays for the travelling public and reduce environmental impact," said Lawrence Brown, OneSKY program director at Thales Australia.