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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Australia
Australian Parliament clears military air traffic control facilities upgrade project
The Australian Parliament has approved a US$310 million project to upgrade Defence’s air traffic control facilities. Assistant Minister for Defence Michael McCormack announced on March 18 new and upgraded facilities will be constructed at 13 Defence bases and five off-base radar sites across Australia.
Australian Parliament clears military air traffic control facilities upgrade project 640 001A RAAF's No. 1 Squadron F/A-18F Super Hornet passes air traffic control as it navigates the Butterworth Airfield taxiways before taking off on a sortie for Exercise Bersama Shield 2011
(Credit: RAAF)
AIR 5431 Phases 2 and 3 Air Traffic Management and Control System Facilities and Australian Defence Force Air Traffic Control Complex Infrastructure Project is a joint program between Defence and Airservices Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

This project will upgrade Defence’s air traffic control towers and airfield systems complexes that are aged, deteriorated and no longer fit for purpose, as well as provide new and upgraded facilities and infrastructure to support the OneSKY initiative.

Australia’s OneSKY initiative will improve aviation efficiency and safety by bringing civil and military air traffic control together under a common, single air traffic management system for the first time.

The project is expected to offer economic benefits for the local construction industry including trade contractors and materials suppliers between 2016 to 2021 – which is a great boost for local jobs,” Mr McCormack said.