New EUROCAT centre for Belgium

Paris, 28 September 2007 – Thales has been selected by Belgocontrol to equip the Brussels international airport with a latest-generation EUROCAT control centre. Belgium occupies a central position in Europe’s most complex airspace region. With close to 80 controller positions, the new centre will provide a complete en-route and approach control capability for the airports of Brussels, Antwerp, Charleroi, Liège and Ostend. The new EUROCAT centre will enhance traffic safety and security, offering Belgocontrol controllers a complete set of latest-generation tools including an unprecedented system of safeguards for approach control. The high level of automation of routine tasks will enable controllers to focus on managing the air situation while coping with growing traffic volumes. Data will be visualised on a threescreen display according to the operational concept developed by the customer.

Belgium’s civil aviation authority has worked with Thales for many years and will now benefit from a fully proven system that has demonstrated its operational capabilities in 16 European countries. Thales has supplied a total of 260 air traffic control centres worldwide, all designed to comply with international standards and meet customers’ requirements for enhanced air traffic safety and security.

Alexandre de Juniac, Senior Vice President of Thales’s Air Systems business, stated: "As a major player in air traffic management, Thales is delighted to have been selected for this contract, which was awarded after a particularly demanding evaluation phase. We are proud to pursue our 25-year partnership with Belgocontrol and to help the Belgian civil aviation community rise to the daily challenge of managing some of the busiest airspace in the world."

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales’s leading-edge technology is supported by 22 000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group’s civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with forecast 2007 revenues in excess of € 12 billion.

Source: Thales Group
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