Thales and Airservices have reached two key milestones in the delivery of the OneSKY program.
Thales, Airservices Australia, the ADF and Frequentis have successfully introduced the new Civil Military ATM (CMATS) voice communication system at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth ATM facilities.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said that this represents a major delivery milestone for the program, which will deliver an integrated civil and military air traffic management system.
Thales and Airservices have also reached another key milestone with the finalisation of the system definition review for the integration of Australia’s civil and military air traffic control systems.
“We have brought together the best team and the best expertise in the world to deliver OneSKY, and this includes a substantial amount of new talent, creating the next generation of STEM careers and intellectual sovereign capability," Jenkins said.
“Following a $12 million refurbishment Thales also recently reopened our state of the art systems engineering facility to develop the highly secure digital systems at the heart of OneSKY and continuing to create the ATM systems of the future.
“With the completion of the system definition review we will move into the detailed design phase.”
OneSKY will improve flight co-ordination, safely increase the use of airspace, optimise air traffic flow and improve the way planes approach the runway.
OneSKY will manage all civilian and military air movements across 11% of the earth’s airspace, covering the continent of Australia and extending west into the Indian Ocean and east to NZ.