Thales is a world leader in air traffic control management systems and civil radars, with a market share of 70% for navigation aid systems. Thales offers an integrated “gate-to-gate” solution, from the phase prior to take-off right through to landing. This guarantees airport security, efficiency of Air Traffic Management (ATM) activities, the sharing of aircraft data and the transparency of transfer operations between territories. These systems are safely managing air traffic in Egypt.
Over the past thirty years, Thales has developed a strong partnership with the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authorities and is now one of the country’s main providers of ATC systems. With an installed base of six en-route Mode S radars and one approach radar in Cairo, the majority of Egypt’s territory is covered. The en-route control centre, responsible for the entire Egyptian airspace, is based on EUROCAT. Moreover, it is correspondingly accountable for both the terminal area and the approach to Cairo international airport. EUROCAT is a modular system, which guarantees the safety and efficiency of all en-route and approaching flight phases. The automation system is currently in operation in many countries; with 260 centres of international standard supplied by Thales, as well as customers’ increased requirements in terms of air traffic security.
In 2010, Cairo airport’s third Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and third runway were inaugurated. These new facilities significantly increase NANSC’s ATM capabilities in Cairo, as well as the passenger capacity of this major international airport. Within the scope of the project, Thales was the General Integrator for all ATC equipment. The company supplied, installed and commissioned the control tower flight data management system (TECOS), the voice communication control system & voice recording system (VCCS & VRS), the EUROCAT automation system extension, the weather broadcasting system, the screens and the global time synchronisation system.
Thales has also been involved in modernising the Egyptian Aviation Academy (EAA), equipping it with the latest generation EUROCAT ATM simulators. These simulators are located in the school’s brand-new ATC training building, at "6th October" City.