Leonardo, through its subsidiary – Selex ES Saudi Arabia Ltd – has been awarded a contract by its local partner Innovative Contractors for Advanced Dimensions (ICAD), to provide the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) with an end to end TETRA solution to provide secure communications throughout the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest in the world.

The TETRA project will be deployed within larger ICAD packages providing Special Airport System/Information and Communication Technology (SAS/ICT) capabilities for the KAIA Development Project which is designed to greatly increase the airport's yearly capacity.

The airport wireless system will be based on the European TETRA digital radio communications standard, which is still the largest and most extensively field-proven standard for full-mission critical voice and data communications worldwide. It will secure passengers’ safety 24/7 by providing professional mobile radio communications, in a special customized frequency band, to thousands of operational users from various airport sectors.

Leonardo will deploy the entire Adapt net TETRA IP solution in a short, challenging timeframe at the beginning of 2018. Deployment will include a TETRA core network, gateways to other telecommunication systems, radio base stations and a subscriber radio fleet based on the company’s new ruggedized handsets and mobile terminals. The company will also provide installation support, testing and final hand-over.