Northrop Grumman To Supply Largest Ever ATC System To China


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Northrop Grumman To Supply Largest Ever ATC System To China

By Bill Goldston

August 29, 2010 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's Europe-based air traffic management system subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by China Aviation Supplies International Tendering Co. (CASITC) to supply VHF radio communication systems for the Chengdu area air traffic control centre.  

In total, 110 channels will be operated from the control centre which is currently under construction for the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) of China. The program represents the largest air traffic control (ATC) VHF system delivered to date in China. 

"This program is the culmination of a 30-year relationship in supplying dependable VHF air traffic control systems to China," said Charles Houseago, managing director for Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in the UK. "We look forward to the successful completion of this project and a long continuing relationship with the ATMB." 

The 110 channels are distributed across 17 sites throughout the ATMB South West administration region providing three services: Chengdu regional control, airway radar control, and Europe and Asia airway control.


The multi-million dollar contract was won after a competitive tender process, and follows the provision of several large systems to ATMB. The system is centered on Northrop Grumman Park Air System's T6 range of VHF ATC radios which have been extensively deployed throughout China over the last decade. Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, based in Peterborough, U.K., and in Oslo and Horten, Norway, supplies communication, navigation and surveillance systems for air-space operations worldwide. 

In Europe, Northrop Grumman operates from locations in France, Germany, Italy and Norway, providing navigation, air traffic control and postal automation systems. In the U.K., Northrop Grumman operates from primary locations in London, Fareham, Chester, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough, RAF Waddington and Solihull and provides avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, robotics, C4I solutions and mission planning, aircraft whole life support, IT systems and software development. 

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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