Almaz-Antey - Flying High in Aeronavigation

By Anantha Narayanan K 09-Apr-2018


The Almaz-Antey Corporation is the key manufacturer and system integrator of joint ATM system of the Russian Federation. It has created the preconditions for maximum flight safety and airspace utilisation effectiveness during the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Summer World Students Games in Kazan and Olympics in Sochi. For the third year in a row, Almaz-Antey has been rated 11th on Defense News Top 100 of international defence contractors, including aerospace and defence majors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman etc. The corporation’s products equip over 50 militaries worldwide. With Russia gearing up to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Almaz-Antey is showing off its aeronavigation capabilities by providing world-class transport infrastructure.

The Almaz-Antey Corporation, a major company in the Russian Aerospace and Defence industries, has teamed up with other Russian industrial companies, to prepare Russian transport infrastructure for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. Russia will host the soccer world cup in summer 2018 in 11 cities including Moscow and St. Petersburg. The large-scale preparations for the event of worldwide importance are nearing an end. This pertains, inter alia, the transport infrastructure, e.g. the upgrade of the air traffic management system and the re-equipment of the airports. The event will witness the aeronavigation expertise of Almaz Antey which will be providing world-class transport infrastructure for various airports.

Almaz-Antey and other contractors have been equipping the airports with cutting-edge quality air traffic management automatized systems, flight operations support radio equipment and communications gear. The efforts have taken several years and been made in several phases. The airports in Kazan and Sochi have been furnished with air traffic management, navigation, radar and communications equipment on schedule under the 2010-2020 Russian Transport System Development Federal Programme and as part of the preparations for the world students games in summer 2013 and the 22nd Winter Olympics in 2014.

Since 2016, the reconstruction and re-equipment of the flight operations support radio equipment of the airports of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Samara and Yekaterinburg has been completed. The aircraft navigation infrastructure resultant from the above work will stand in good stead in support of the air traffic during the world cup. The corporation has equipped the newly-built Platov Airport in Rostov-on-Don (for the first time in 23 years), which was opened in December 2017.

Furnished with top-notch air traffic management, observation, navigation, communications, control and meteorological support hardware, Platov Airport receives up-to-date medium and long-haul aircraft under any weather conditions, offers flight safety and aircraft and vehicular movement on its premises and creates comfortable environment for carrying passengers.

Koltsovo Airport in Yekaterinburg has had its second runway fully outfitted with advanced flight operations support radio equipment and commissioned for service. This allowed a hefty increase in the airport’s throughput and passenger traffic.

At the Saransk airport, Almaz-Antey has built its aircraft navigation system despite the adverse weather in spring 2017. The effective management of the construction site allowed both the timely delivery of the equipment and its pre-commissioning ahead of schedule. The airport has handled the first technical flight under adverse weather conditions, which proves the high quality of the flight operations support radio equipment.

In addition, Almaz-Antey has completed an integrated re-equipping of the aircraft navigation system of the Republic of Crimea since 2015 under the 2020 Republic of Crimea and City of Sevastopol Socio-Economic Development Federal Programme and the investment plans of the Air Traffic Management State-Run Corporation. This has prepared Crimea’s airspace for international flights and an increase in the air traffic and its safety at Simferopol International.

Design and survey works in support of nine aircraft navigation facilities, including five at Simferopol International (airfield radar complex; monopulse secondary radars with transmitting and receiving centres; VOR-90/DME-90; airfield control radars with airfield traffic surveillance and control automation systems; automatic direction-finders) and four in Dmitrovka, Rusakovka, Kerch and Molochnoye, have been completed along with the first phase of developing a radio relay network with a positive report of governmental expert board.

Twenty designed facilities as well as other installations of the Republic of Crimea’s air transport infrastructure have been re-equipped during 2016 and 2017. In all, about 30 surveillance, navigation, communications and control systems and devices have been delivered during that period. All these have doubled the capacity of Simferopol Airport and the whole of the aircraft navigation system of the Republic of Crimea, which was proven graphically by a steady growth of air traffic in 2016 and 2017.

Thus, the aircraft navigation systems of the airports of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg have been prepared as part of the transport infrastructure preparations for supporting heavy air traffic and an increased number of passengers during the world cup. The airports of Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod and Saransk will be fully outfitted in the first quarter of this year to be ready for the world cup event.