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Belgocontrol Selects Saab to Deliver Surface Safety System at Airports in Belgium

Defence and security company Saab has been selected by Belgocontrol to deploy its Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems (A-SMGCS) at Liège Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

Saab’s A-SMGCS provides air traffic controllers with precise situational awareness and advanced safety net capabilities that improve safety and efficiency.

Saab will deliver the latest generation multilateration sensors, SR-3 Surface-Movement Radars, Veelo vehicle tracking devices and A3000 fusion processors to both the Liège and Brussels South Charleroi Airports. The systems will integrate with the existing Belgocontrol controller working positions and safety logic functions. The resulting systems will provide controllers with a clear picture of movements on the airport surface and approach volume. Saab’s A-SMGCS will enhance the controllers’ ability to manage traffic in all visibility and weather conditions at both airports.

“This project is an example of the flexibility of our solutions and of our commitment to meeting the unique needs of our customer. Belgocontrol required mature capabilities that could integrate with their existing tools and our A-SMGCS fits perfectly,” says Mike Gerry, head of business unit Air Traffic Management within Saab business area Surveillance.

Saab has deployed similar technologies at many of the world’s busiest airports and has refined the system technologies and the deployment methods over the course of more than 100 deployments around the world.

“Belgocontrol continuously invests in optimizing its services at the different Belgian airports. In the next few years, we will allocate a budget of EUR 97 million, among others for the upgrade of our technical systems. The installation of A-SMGCS at Liège Airport and Charleroi Airport is one of the projects concerned. The monitoring of aircraft and vehicles on runways and taxiways increases significantly air traffic safety, particularly for low visibility operations. Both ourselves and our customers attach a lot of importance to it." says Johan Decuyper, CEO of Belgocontrol.

Saab ATM’s expertise spans surveillance sensors, ATC automation, collaborative decision making, and digital towers. Saab’s solutions are trusted by air navigation service providers, airports and airlines across six continents and in more than 100 locations across 45 countries. As a global leading partner and complete provider of proven ATM solutions, Saab transforms operations, turning innovative ideas into reality and supporting stakeholders from solution conception through to long-term support.

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