Thales modernises Air Traffic Management at Kazakhstan’s Astana and Almaty airports

  • After having recently performed the commissioning of the Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) in the Astana airport, Thales has now implemented two new solutions – TopSky-Tower and MAGS (Multilateration and ADS-B Ground Surveillance System) – in Astana and Almaty airports.
  • These two projects are the first ones where a multilateration system was deployed and commissioned in Kazakhstan, allowing the airport air traffic controllers to have an additional sensor system that can be used for both ground (aerodrome) and air traffic surveillance.
  • The solution built in collaboration with local patterns and authorities is tailored to the needs and specificities of Kazakhstan’s Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP).

Thales, in collaboration with local partner Aerospace Engineering, proudly announces the successful deployment in Kazakhstan of its state-of-the-art Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) in Astana Airport. This milestone marks a significant leap in aviation technology following the first similar successful implementation at Almaty Airport.

A pivotal feature integrated into both systems is the installation of Multilateration (MLAT) technology – specifically the Thales’ MAGS – an innovative technology which very accurately locate the aircraft by using a method known as Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA). Multilateration employs ground stations, placed in strategic locations around an airport. This technology implementation at Astana Airport was the second in Kazakhstan – the first being in Almaty and also deployed by Thales.

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