CAAS and Thales collaborate to develop new generation air traffic management technologies
According to a press statement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Thales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on developing new concepts of operations and new generation of technologies for air traffic management (ATM).
Sealed on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow, this CAAS-Thales collaboration aims to support the development of the next generation of ATM operations that will be nimble, scalable and adaptable.
The collaboration will see CAAS and Thales cooperate in: (1) analysing the impact digital trends have on the aviation ecosystem, (2) applying artificial intelligence (AI) in ATM, (3) co-developing an ATM system architecture that is future-ready and flexible to allow new advanced technologies to be easily incorporated into operations, and (4) explore mixed use of airspace for manned aircraft and drones.
According to the Director-General of CAAS Mr Kevin Shum, CAAS as a leading Air Navigation Services Provider is committed to exploring new innovations and digital technologies to develop ATM solutions that address the unique challenges faced by Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.
“We believe such investments will not only enhance our ATM capabilities, but also make a real difference towards the sustainable advancement of aviation in the region,” Mr Shum said.
Thales Executive Vice President (EVP) for Land and Air Systems Mr Alex Cresswell, added, “Thales no longer views digital revolution as an emerging trend but as an immediate reality, with a €1billion investment in digital technology already materialised by the Group. The aviation ecosystem is one of the domains we feel will benefit most from digitisation. Through this multidisciplinary relationship CAAS and Thales will collaborate for the air traffic management of the future, and we could not be prouder.”
Indeed, Thales has been investing heavily on its digital transformation as well as its operations in Singapore.
Last year, Thales expanded its facilities in Changi North Rise to consolidate all avionics production and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities, making Singapore the company’s largest repair activities hub.
Currently, Singapore is home to one of the most advanced MRO clusters in the world, accounting for a quarter of the region’s MRO output.