New ATC system for Kandahar

April 2: NATO began using a new air traffic control (ATC) system at Kandahar Airport in Afghanistan on March 30, now considered to be the world’s busiest single runway airport.
Administered by NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), it is the first time that the Alliance has attempted to install a complete air traffic capability on the national territory of a non-NATO member country. Kandahar is NATO’s largest ever deployed airfield with Arial Port of Debarkation (APOD) and additionally forward operating and forward supply responsibilities. Military air operations involving fighter, UAV and helicopter aircraft mix with civilian air transport and passenger aircraft at the airport.
Thales Air Systems Division from the UK was the project prime contractor, managing sub-contractors based in the United States, UK, France, Denmark, Canada, Germany, Turkey and Italy and delivered the programme in just 13 months from contract award.
A new ATC tower features a Primary and Secondary Surveillance radar; Precision Approach Radar; Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN); Doppler VHF Omni-direction and Range (DVOR); Direction Finder (DF); Meteorological Sensors; Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN); Air Terminal Information System (ATIS); Eurocat C Radar Approach Control System; vhf/uhf ground/air communications radios with associated Voice Communications Control System and Voice Recording System; computer consoles and civil works to provide cable ducting and trenching along the full length of the airfield.
Commander of Kandahar Airfield (COMKAF) HQ personnel will operate the new ATC system.