Leonardo and ENAV to equip Hamad International Airport with new air traffic handling tool

17 August 2021

Leonardo and Independent Business Group (acting on behalf of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority) have signed a contract to supply an Approach Spacing Decision Support Tool to the Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Leonardo will equip the Air Traffic Management (ATM) automation system at HIA with a tool that provides for Distance Based Separation Management of arriving flights. This allows approach controllers to improve runway arrival throughput by ensuring the safe separation of the aircraft and reduces the controllers’ workload. The operational implementation of this tool will represent a major milestone on the path towards airspace optimisation and will allow the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority to efficiently manage the expected increase in air traffic generated by the FIFA World Cup 2022.

ENAV, the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider, will support Leonardo by familiarising Qatari air traffic controllers with the new Distance Based Separation Management concept and operating methods. ENAV will also validate the concept and requirements with Real-Time Simulations of the target systems. Finally, experienced, operational ENAV personnel will support the operational validation on site and deliver initial training for Qatari air traffic controllers.

This partnership between Leonardo and ENAV will deliver enormous value for the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. The project will exploit both Leonardo’s technological excellence in the field of ATC Systems - which have been operational at HIA since the airport was opened, flawlessly supporting air traffic management in Qatar throughout the Covid-19 pandemic - and ENAV’s outstanding expertise in the fields of air traffic management operations and services, development and validation of concepts, system prototypes and procedures for the continuous improvement of ATC operational performance.

Last year, Leonardo was awarded contracts to upgrade the ATC Automation System at the Hamad International Airport to the virtualized LeadInSky ATC automation platform and for a new Approach Surveillance Radar System. This pair of achievements marks the start of a mutually-beneficial collaboration between the major Italian players in the ATC segment, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority  and its stakeholders to prepare for upcoming challenges in the best way possible.

Over 150 countries worldwide, including Italy and other European countries, Malaysia, Turkey, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as GCC countries, have been equipped with Leonardo’s radar systems, control centres, and other airport technologies. In the airport security field, the company can also provide surveillance sensors, cyber security, communications and baggage handling systems, ensuring efficient and reliable support to airport operations.

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