MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) expects a world-class communication, navigation and surveillance system for aviation to be in place before President Benigno Aquino III’s term ends in 2016.
This after DOTC inked an amended contract for the P13.25-billion Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project Package – I, spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said on Sunday, June 2.
Sagcal said the joint venture between Sumitomo Corp. of Japan and Thales Australia Ltd. gave the assurance that CNS/ATM would be fully in place by November 2015 or before the end of Aquino’s term.
CNS/ATM was conceptualized to replace the existing air traffic control systems, navigation, communication and surveillance equipment in the country which are all aging and falling short of the required numbers.
“This project will bring the country closer to the highest of international aviation safety standards. Ultimately, it will also result in more revenues for the government, bolster the country’s tourism goals, and lower pollution emission levels through efficient air traffic management,” he stressed.
Under the amended contract, the Sumitomo-Thales joint venture would immediately restart the construction of an air traffic management building and the supply of various components such as automation equipment and terminal radars, to enable the use of the satellite technology-based system.
The DOTC awarded two work packages to the Sumitomo-Thales joint venture.
The first package, awarded in November 2010, includes the design and construction of the ATM Center and ATM Automation System, and the final integration of the whole CNS/ATM system.
The second package, awarded in April 2011, involves the design and construction of a surveillance and communication system.
The Commission on Audit suspended in May 2011 the advance payment of P58.92 million for the new CNS/ATM. The suspension was lifted only last month. – Rappler.com
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