Example of how remote air traffic control modules at RNAS Culdrose could look on curved screen wall 22021 CREDIT Saab.jpg
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RNAS Culdrose To Get New Digital Air Traffic Control Tower

The tower will be the first of its kind to be introduced to the UK Armed Forces and is expected to go live later this year.

Example of how remote air traffic control modules at RNAS Culdrose could look on curved screen wall 22021 CREDIT Saab.jpg

A Royal Navy air base is to get a new digital remote air traffic control tower.

The tower, which will have high-resolution cameras, data feeds and sensors, will be the first of its kind to be introduced to the UK Armed Forces.

It is expected to go live later this year.

Air traffic services at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall are currently carried out by Royal Navy air traffic controllers physically located at nearby Predannack, at the aerodrome tower overlooking the airfield.

The new technology will give personnel "out of the window" views of Predannack displayed via the cameras and other sensors onto a curved screen wall, based remotely within the air traffic control tower at RNAS Culdrose.

Example of how remote air traffic control modules at RNAS Culdrose could look 22021 CREDIT Saab.jpg
An example of what the curved screen wall could look like (Picture: Saab).

"The use of this innovative technology will enable the control of aircraft at remote satellite locations from a central hub, therefore streamlining the operational effectiveness and cost-efficiency of support to defence aviation," the Royal Navy's Lieutenant Paul Hollyoake said.

The technology, built in partnership with Saab, will give controllers greater situational awareness, the Navy said.

The new system will enable air traffic controllers to provide all-round horizon scanning and remove the delays from travelling from RNAS Culdrose to the aerodrome tower at Predannack.

It marks the first step in a broader air traffic management digitalisation plan within Royal Navy air stations.

Commander Mick Gladwin said: "This is an important step in the Royal Navy's continued development and exploitation of remote system technology to enhance the way air traffic services are delivered, improving controller efficiency and providing a safe operating environment for air systems." 

Cover image: An example of how air traffic control modules at RNAS Culdrose could look (Picture: Saab).