Monday, November 12, 2012

■ ANGOLA: Luanda's 4 de Fevereiro Airport to get Thales radar.

ENANAThe CEO and Chairman of Angola’s airport and air traffic authority Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA), Manuel Ceita, on Friday said that Angola would, by 2014, have the country's first radar to support air traffic control, to be situated at Luanda's Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport.

Luanda - 4 de Fevereiro Airport
Luanda - 4 de Fevereiro Airport (Hannes Meyer)
Paid for by German funding, the contract has been awarded to French group Thales, and is estimated to cost USD10million.

Said Mr Ceita at the press conference:
"We know that ENANA had a great participation in the country's development, as it served as a linking for national unity, at the time of the armed conflict, as well as for being one of the mirrors of this development", he said.
In 2008, Thales was contracted by ENANA to provide for the modernisation of Angola's Communication Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffic Management capabilities. Under the contract, Thales supplied the latest version of its EUROCAT control centre and one Mode S radar for Luanda Airport.

Up until the 1990s, air traffic control in Angola was done in a rudimentary manner with the help of radio-equipment and navigation support such as NDB, VOR and ILS.