Uruguay gets IP-based ATC communications

Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Aircraft operating in Uruguay will for the first time be able to use an integrated Internet Protocol system for VHF air traffic control voice communications.

The network was established by Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, Northrop Grumman's European air traffic management systems subsidiary, through a contract from Indra of Spain.

"I am delighted that our air traffic control communications equipment was chosen for this pioneering project," said Charles Houseago, managing director of Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in Britain. "We have enjoyed working with Direccion Nacional de Aviacion Civil e Infraestructura Aeronautica (of Uruguay) and Indra to deliver this world-class solution."

Uruguay is the first country to offer a countrywide IP system, based on internationally agreed standards, for air traffic control communications. A total of 86 radios have so far been provided across eight interconnected sites and a control center, which are linked with an IP network.

Northrop Grumman said the system in Uruguary is now up and running nationwide.

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