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Dec. 24, 2010
Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation wins contract to deliver next-generation air traffic control systems to the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication

Sumitomo Corporation wins contract to deliver next-generation air traffic control systems to the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication

Sumitomo Corporation (President and CEO: Susumu Kato; Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) has formed a consortium with Thales Australia Ltd. (CEO: Chris Jenkins; Head Office: Melbourne; hereafter "Thales"), the Australian subsidiary of leading French electric company Thales SA, and has won a contract to deliver next-generation air traffic control systems--along with the associated construction--for the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication (hereafter "DOTC"). 

The introduction of the next-generation air traffic control systems has been divided into the following two packages and will be implemented in a phased manner. The contract our consortium won relates to Package 1. The contract is worth about 9 billion yen, and the work is to be completed within 30 months; by May 2013. Using this opportunity, Sumitomo Corporation will aim to also win the contract for Package 2. 

Package 1: Construction of a new air traffic control center building within the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines, and delivery of air traffic control systems (including systems for communications, aeronautical information processing, satellite signal monitoring, and weather) at the new air traffic control center and major airports in the Philippines (about 25 sites).
Package 2: Installation of radars at major airports in the Philippines (about 10 sites), and delivery of communications equipment to connect the air traffic control center introduced in Package 1 with major local airports

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recommended a shift from traditional air traffic control systems, dependant on voice and radars, to a new system mainly based on digital data that uses geolocation satellites including GPS satellites. In the meantime, the Philippines has been faced with the issue of aging air traffic control systems despite being in an extremely important position connecting Japan, China and South Korea with the ASEAN nations. In the late 1990s, the Philippine Government decided to introduce a next-generation air traffic control system. The Japanese Government also considered this an ODA issue. In 2002, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) concluded a contract to provide yen loans amounting to approximately 22.0 billion yen to the DOTC. The completion of a safe and advanced air traffic control system with the support of the Japanese Government, preparing for the forecast increase in demand for air travel, will have great significance in terms of safety and efficiency not only for the Philippines, but also for nations around the world, including Japan.

At present, demand for air traffic is increasing worldwide, and a further jump in demand is expected due to the rise of emerging nations and increasing populations. According to the Japan Aircraft Development Corporation, the current volume of air traffic is expected to double in the period between 2020 and 2025. Japan is no exception. To respond to this increasing demand, Japan has been working on increasing departure and arrival slots at the Narita Airport and just recently has completed the fourth runway at Tokyo's central Haneda Airport. This will increase the frequency of annual departures and arrivals to 300,000 to 400,000.

Partner Thales is the world's number one in Europe and Asia in delivery of air traffic control systems. In fact, about half the airplanes flying worldwide are controlled by Thales' air traffic control system. With this project, Sumitomo Corporation will actively enter the field of air traffic control systems development, partnering Thales and contributing to airline safety and efficiency across Asia.

20101224.jpg                       Artist's impression of the new air traffic control center

 

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