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Indra's radar network controls the skies of Ecuador

October 15, 2013
KEYWORDS airspace / ecuador / indra / mode-s / MSSR / radar
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Indra has rolled-out an airspace surveillance network in Ecuador that has enabled the Civil Aviation Authority to shift from covering 30 percent of its skies to more than 90 percent. The new system comprises MSSR mode-S radar systems and multilateration systems. The project to modernise Ecuador's air infrastructures is worth approximately $30 million.

The company has also installed its air traffic management systems at the Shell approach centre, and is finalising the renewal of the systems at the Quito and Manta centres. In 2012, Indra modernised the Guayaquil en-route control centre, which is the most important in the nation.

For the new radar surveillance network, Indra has rolled-out five new radars, in addition to the two that already exist in the country. The company's secondary radars are equipped with mode-S, the most advanced aircraft identification technology, and they have been installed in the provinces of Manabí, Pichincha, Pastaza, Azuay and San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos.

As part of this network, Indra has installed the first WAM multilateration system to enter into operation in Latin America in Cotopaxi. This surveillance system supports aircraft as they approach Lacatunga airport. Indra is currently completing the implementation of a second WAM multilateration system that will be located in the city of Loja.

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