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New air traffic system to cover country’s whole airspace

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh will develop a modern air traffic management system with communications, navigation and surveillance system covering the entire air space of the country.

The integrated system will also help the country earn revenue from overflight charges from international flights. Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh  (CAAB) has signed an agreement with French radar maker Thales on Thursday to source the radar system.

A radar and ATC Tower will be set up at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, according to a news release of the ministry.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Md Mahbub Ali was the chief guest at the deal signing ceremony at InterContinental Dhaka. Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mokammel Hossain and French Ambassador Jean-Marin were special guests at the function.

CAAB Chairman Air Vice-Marshal Mafidur Rahman and Thales vice-chairman Nicolas Bouverot signed the agreement on behalf of the respective organizations.

State Minister Mahbub Ali said the new radar will be connected through an integrated networking system, covering the entire airspace up to the sea boundary.

“The system will identify all flights on international routes crossing Bangladesh. As a result, the country will earn more revenue from flights using Bangladesh’s airspace as overflight charge,” he said.

The cabinet approved the project for the modernization of CNS-ATM on June 8.