US defence contractor Raytheon says it is on track to provide Dubai with one of the world’s most modern air traffic management (ATM) systems by 2012.

Raytheon’s next-generation ATM system will be installed at the new Al-Maktoum International airport. The company already has ATM systems in the Middle East, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, Iraq and Kurdistan.

“Raytheon’s next generation ATM automation system provides a high-performance, cost-effective solution for the world’s rapidly growing air traffic demands,” said Stephen DuMont, director of International ATM for Raytheon Network Centric Systems. “The system contains some of the most advanced surveillance and flight data processing systems available today, and we are extremely pleased that our partnership with Dubai Aviation City Corporation Engineering Projects and Dubai Air Navigation Services will give Dubai one of the world’s most modern ATM systems to safely and efficiently meet its ambitious aviation growth plans.”

Raytheon’s AT3 system will provide air traffic control automation for the Dubai terminal airspace and provide approach control services for Al-Maktoum International, Dubai International, Sharjah International and Al-Minhad Airbase. The system will also support tower operations at the Dubai International and Al-Maktoum International airports.