ARINC Engineering Services, LLC today announced it has completed the procurement, integration, testing, and installation of new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) systems and equipment for two bases of the Iraqi Air Force.
The new technology will allow Iraq’s Air Force to establish efficient operational control with modern equipment in the control towers at Tikrit and Taji Airbases, as part of the rebuilding of Iraq.
ARINC performed the work under a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, awarded by the USAF Electronic Systems Center (ESC) Aerospace Management Systems Division.
ARINC completed the first equipment installation earlier this year at Tikrit Airbase, and the second installation at Taji was handed over to representatives of ITAM, the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission, in September. ARINC’s Charleston, SC-based installation and integration team completed both of the technology installations despite disruptions caused by construction delays and frequent brownouts.
“The team’s ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome was key to ARINC’s success on the ground in the dynamic environment of post-war Iraq,” stated Rivers Cleveland, ARINC Director. “The success of this project is a testament to the collaboration and teaming of the Electronic Systems Center, ITAM, and ARINC.”
ARINC’s work enables the U.S. government to deliver turnkey operational Air Traffic Control Towers to the Iraqi Air Force as part of the rebuilding of Iraq. It is a key step in helping them operate autonomously with modern facilities and equipment. The new equipment replaces outdated Russian systems and will allow Iraqi personnel to manage their airspace in accordance with modern FAA guidelines. This could open the door for more civilian overflights, and possibly the opportunity for increased revenue.
The U.S. Air Force FMS contract was managed by the ARINC Engineering Services Program Office in Charleston, SC. ARINC Engineering Services will continue to provide maintenance and logistics support services at Tikrit and Taji to maintain the equipment installed as part of this program.
ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 certified.