Saudi Arabia has signed a SR222 million contract for civil navigation radar systems with US based Raytheon.

The company will undertake the manufacturing and installation of new civilian air navigation systems over 36 months in line with the contract. These systems include 21 radars to be installed across the kingdom.

The radars will cover the entire Saudi airspace and monitor air traffic routes at altitudes of 4,572 metres and above.

Once the system is fully operational, it will enable Saudi air traffic controls to reduce the distance between aircraft, increasing airspace capacity so that planes may be operated simultaneously.

The system will also reduce the time needed for flights thereby saving time and fuel.

Raytheon will provide technical support for maintenance over the next 15 years. The company will also train technicians and engineers of the General Authority for Civil Aviation on the setting up of the system and its maintenance.