• The ADS-B Extended Squitter surveillance stations purchased will be placed in the vicinity of the airports of Bilbao, Burgos, Vitoria, Pamplona and San Sebastian, as well as at the Cape Higuer Radioelectric Complex in San Sebastian.
• The Thales ADS-B system increases surveillance security in air traffic management.
Thales has signed a contract with ENAIRE, the national air navigation manager in Spain, for the supply, installation and commissioning of six ADS-B Extended Squitter air surveillance stations in redundant configuration, located at different sites in the Cantabrian Sector within the Regional Directorate N.A Centro-Norte. The objective of these acquisitions is to reinforce the safety of air traffic management in Spain.
The six pieces of equipment included in the Thales contract will be installed around the airports of Bilbao, Burgos, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Vitoria and the Cape Higuer Radioelectric Complex in San Sebastian. Their function will be to provide surveillance coverage for the approach procedures to these facilities, as well as to complement the existing en route surveillance coverage. This will mitigate the effects of possible errors or temporary coverage failures of nearby radars, which until now were covered by third-party radars, such as military radars. Likewise, this system will provide surveillance coverage of the surface of these airports.
The contract includes the acquisition of equipment for the different Remote Supervision Systems of the ADS-B Surveillance Systems at the respective Sector and Regional headquarters, as well as at the Experimentation and Development Center of ENAIRE's Central Services (CED); besides the corresponding local and centralized spare parts; the supply and installation of these ADS-B stations with Extended Squitter technology; and the supply of the elements and equipment required for the control and remote supervision of the systems in each of the control towers of the facilities.
"Our experience in air navigation systems, as well as our technological solutions, will make it possible for Enaire to improve surveillance in the Cantabrian Sector," Jesús Sánchez Bargos, Country Director of Thales in Spain.
Thales is currently a world leader in surveillance and air navigation aids with more than 10,000 systems in 170 countries thanks to a complete portfolio of highly reliable and high-performance products for navigation. Proof of this are recent contracts with Enaire for the supply of two ADS-B air surveillance stations, one of them portable outdoor and the other indoor to be installed in the Espiñeiras radar tower (A Coruña), to provide ADS-B surveillance coverage over the Atlantic oceanic area bordering the FIR (Flight Information Region) Santa María, Lisbon and Madrid. Or air navigation aids at sites such as Taborno (Tenerife), Vitoria, Salamanca and Tabanera de Cerrato (Palencia), among others. Today, 2 out of 3 aircraft land or take off with Thales systems.
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technologies – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organizations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.
Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021, the Group generated sales of €16.2 billion.
ENAIRE is the national air navigation manager in Spain. As a company of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, it provides en route control services for all flights and overflights through five control centers in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Gran Canaria and Palma, as well as for the approaches to all the airports in the country.
Besides, 45 air traffic control towers receive ENAIRE's communication, navigation and surveillance services, and 21 airports have its aerodrome control services, among them those with the highest traffic in the country.
ENAIRE is the fourth largest European air traffic manager. As of January 1, 2022, it chairs the A6 Alliance, a coalition for the modernization of the air traffic management system of air navigation providers responsible for more than 80% of European air traffic. It is also a member of other international alliances for the promotion of the Single European Sky such as SESAR Joint Undertaking, SESAR Deployment Manager, iTEC, CANSO and ICAO.