Tanzania makes progress on ATM upgrade

Installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance technology on the eastern part of Tanzania’s airspace has now been completed.

Speaking on International Civil Aviation Day, Hamza Johari, director general of Tanzania’s CAA, reported that efforts to modernise facilities and equipment to meet local and international air navigation standards will soon be extended to installing ADS-B ground stations to cover the western part of its airspace.

“The system would provide surveillance to cover the whole country including part of the Indian Ocean within our Flight Information Region,” said Johari.

Installation of Aeronautical Message Handling System which would replace and upgrade the existing Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) has also been completed.

Training is ongoing and commissioning of the system will follow soon.  This new system performs an operational role similar to the AFTN but with more advanced operational capabilities. The installation of this system would allow air traffic services messages to be exchanged between service users more efficiently and effectively.

“Furthermore, to enhance our total surveillance capacity on our airspace, we are now procuring four civilian radars from our own source of funds in this fiscal year. One will replace the obsolete radar at Julius Nyerere International Airport and the remaining three shall be installed at Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya Airports,” said Johari.

The project will commence in January 2017 and is expected to end in early 2018.

Tanzania has over 368 airports out of which three airports are international airports. Julius Nyerere International Airport Terminal 3 will be commissioned in 2018. and the intention is to have a network of airports which will cover the whole country, with a 24 hour capacity.


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