Saab inks deal for digital solution at Cranfield Airport

Defence and security company Saab has been selected by Cranfield University, one of the top four commercial research universities in United Kingdom, to deliver a digital air traffic control system to Cranfield Airport, the company said.

Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions will deliver a digital air traffic control system based on a solution developed since 2006, and approved by authorities for operational use since 2015.

Digital Air Traffic Control (ATC) services are a breakthrough within Air Traffic Management (ATM). The digitalisation of the data they collect and distribute increases the operational efficiency and safety across an airport. The new digital tower service will enable Cranfield Airport to leapfrog into the future of digital services, putting the United Kingdom at the forefront of the global aviation industry.

Cranfield Airport is based 70 km northwest of London and owned by Cranfield University.

Saab and the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider, LFV, were the first to put digital air traffic control into operation. In June 2016, Saab and LFV established the joint venture Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions. In 2015, the airports in Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall became the first in the world to be controlled via a Digital Tower Centre in Sundsvall. Linköping Airport will follow suit and become the third remotely controlled airport in 2017. Successful test installations have also been implemented in Australia, the USA, the Netherlands, Norway and Ireland in diverse environments and at various distances.

Saab´s ATM expertise spans over surveillance sensors, ATC automation, collaborative decision making, and digital towers. Saab´s solutions are trusted by air navigation service providers, airports and airlines across six continents and in more than 100 locations across 45 countries.