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Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems to supply radios to Airservices

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 28, 2019
An image of the T6 radio from Northrop Grumman's Park Air Systems website. (Park Air Systems)
An image of the T6 radio from Northrop Grumman’s Park Air Systems website. (Park Air Systems)

Northrop Grumman says its UK-based Park Air Systems subsidiary will supply radios to Airservices Australia over the next five years after signing a deed of standing offer.

Park Air Systems’ T6 internet protocol (IP) capable, very high frequency (VHF) radio would integrate with the OneSky project, which aims to bring Australia’s currently separate civil and Defence air traffic management systems under a single program.

“The primary demand for the project is to migrate to an IP-based network structure, supporting voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to the ED137 standard,” Northrop Grumman said in a statement on Thursday (UK time).

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“Ideal for the varied and immense Australian environment, Park Air successfully offered the T6 VHF equipment from its Sapphire portfolio, providing powerful IP capability, small form factor and low maintenance requirements.”

OneSky was launched at the Avalon Airshow in 2015.

The final contracts, which were signed by Airservices Australia, the Department of Defence and supplier Thales in February, value the project at $1.2 billion.

Airservices, which is managing the project, said in December 2018 air traffic controllers had started using elements of the Onesky system.

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Full operating capability was expected to occur in 2023.

Northrop Grumman said Park Air Systems had installed air traffic management communication systems in more than 50 countries.

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