Cuba is going to upgrade its air navigation using Russian surveillance systems

29 March 2017

Cuban air navigation service provider ECASA will equip Jose Marti International Airport with innovative surveillance systems wich are designed and produced in Russia. This will let to improve the quality of service and traffic safety in the approach zone and on the airfield. ECASA delegation arrived to Russia to share experience and study Russian technologies.

"In October 2016 we signed a contract for the supply of MLAT with surveillance functions in the terminal area and airport surface of the Havana airport. The manufacturer is RPE CRTS, and the supplier - VNIIRA-OVD, JSC.” -

said Tatiana Makarova, Director General of VNIIRA-OVD, JSC.

According to her, the Cuban provider conducted a careful selection of manufacturers and chose Russian equipment, which actually has a number of advantages. These include quality, accurate data, flexibility of integration into the existing infrastructure.

“ECASA currently upgrades Havana airport system to monitor the movement of aircrafts and vehicles on the airfield (A-SMGCS 2nd level). It is based on multilateration surveillance technology and covers both the airport surface and a wide area of up to 100 kilometers, providing a complete picture of the activities in the area, updating data every second. Previously, in cooperation with ECASA we have successfully concluded factory testing of the supplied equipment, and taught our Cuban colleagues how to operate the system.”

- CRTS' CEO Andrey Lantev explained.

The crucial advantage of MLAT is its ability to inform the controller under poor visibility conditions and increased traffic density. In the terminal area the system warns of incursions on the runway and any other possible conflict.
The equipment project is realized by the Research and Production Enterprise Digital Radio Systems in cooperation with VNIIRA-OVD JCSC.
Talking about the future plans, Tatiana Makarova clarified that the partnership between the two countries ‘is tested by time and is only gaining strength over the years’.
For example, project of implementing the wide MLAT covering all the national airspace of the Republic of Cuba is currently being developed. RPE "CRTS" will manage this project, so in two years 12 Cuban airports will be equipped with the latest multi-positioning surveillance systems for air traffic control.
Research and development enterprise Digital Radio Systems (CRTS) has expertise in multilateration, automatic dependent surveillance, and radar technologies for ATC. CRTS supplies equipment to all types of airports in the CIS and further afield.

The Almanac, MLAT/WAM

The Almanac MLAT is an integrated TMA, en-route, approach, and surface multilateration surveillance system, including functions of HMU. Certified by Rosaviatsia (Russian civil aviation authority) in 2016, the system is the base for deploying A-SMGCS (levels II-IV).

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