Indra has signed a contract with DFS, Germany’s air navigation service provider, to modernise the country’s entire network of air surveillance radars.

The €100m project, with an execution period of 13 years, has the potential to be extended, Indra said. This is the company’s largest air traffic management (ATM) contract of this nature. According to Indra, the project will enhance the safety, capacity, efficiency and environmental friendliness of air traffic in the country and help reduce CO2 emissions. 

Indra’s technology will replace the systems currently in operation, which are reaching the end of their useful life. The company will deploy a minimum of 23 new sensors, 19 of them equipped with a primary PSR radar and a secondary mode S radar, and four stations with secondary mode S radars only. They will be used for en-route air traffic surveillance and approaches to Germany’s main airports. 

The installation of interim sensors and their relocation to the final facilities will also take place. In total, up to 42 installation, implementation, optimisation and cutover activities on site will be required.

“We look forward to modernising our critical infrastructure of surveillance radar technology, while reducing lifecycle costs and CO2 emissions through reduced power consumption and modernising building sites. Sustainability is key in every decision we take. With Indra’s technological capabilities we will help to meet our requirements for the complex airspace over Germany," said Arndt Schoenemann, CEO of DFS. 

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